Don Dennison has taught missions courses as an adjunct professor at WTS since 1999. His ministry training includes four earned degrees: a B.A. in Christian Ministries from Lincoln Christian College (1970); an M.A. (Theology) from Olivet Nazarene University (1982); an M.Div. from Winebrenner Theological Seminary (2007); and a D. Min. (Missions) from Columbia International University (2012). His doctoral project was “Mobilizing Churches for Cross-Cultural Outreach: A Study of Missions-Active Churches in the Churches of God, General Conference.” In addition, Don studied at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (1983-84) and the U.S. Center for World Mission (2000). He is committed to being a lifelong learner.
From 1967-85, he pastored three congregations of the Church of God (Anderson, IN) in Illinois . He then pastored the Indian Village Church of God in Auburn, IN (1985-95) – a merged congregation which identified with both the Church of God (Anderson) and the Churches of God, General Conference. Since 1995, Don has been the Director of Cross-Cultural Ministries for the CGGC based in Findlay, OH. In that role, he oversees the missions department of the denomination which includes missions education, fund development, donor relations, and missionary recruitment and supervision. He is also certified to present UnveilinGLORY/”Cat & Dog Theology” seminars. In 2005, he published an 8-week Bible study guide “Stimulating a Passion for Lost People."
During the years, Don has ministered in the Philippines, Jamaica, Haiti, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Sweden, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, Mexico, Kenya, Venezuela, and in the USA. He enjoys taking first-timers—especially pastors and seminary students—on short-term missions trips to teach them more about God, His work in the world, and themselves!
Don and Phyllis (Detweiler) celebrate 43 years of marriage in November 2012. When not traveling, they attend College First Church of God in Findlay. Don enjoys walking, golf, reading, travel, and good coffee. Phyllis enjoys volunteering in several Findlay-area organizations. They have two married sons (Joel and Nathan) and four grandchildren (Katherine, Ruthie, David, and Aaron).
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