Our Pastor

Don J. Hanson

Pastor Don Hanson's Biography

Decision for Christ   

At age of 13, VBS, First Baptist Church, San Jose, CA

 1946
Military Service  

Enlisted on 17th birthday; 6 month classified messenger in Okinawa; wounded by land mine in Korea; spent three years in hospitals in Japan and U.S.

 1949-1953
Academic Preparation   

Undergraduate: University of Louisville, KY; Wheaton College, Il

  

Majors: History & Philosophy Minor: Bible

 A.B., 1956

Graduate: Wheaton Graduate School, Il

  

Biblical Studies program with major in New Testament

 M.A., 1959

Thesis: “Leadership Principles in Timothy and Titus,” with original
translations from the Koine Greek.

  

Also: M.Div. Studies at Wheaton Graduate School and Talbot
Theological Seminary
, CA --2 years

  

California Graduate School of Theology, CA

  

Dissertation: “Scriptural Husband-wife Relationships: The Definition
and Principles of Marriage As Presented in God’s Word”

 Ph.D., 1975

Other: Completed Navigators Course (Bible memorization) while stationed in Okinawa with the U.S. Army

 1949

Technical (computer) Training: University of California, San Diego;
Coleman College, San Diego, CA; City College, San Diego, CA

 1967-1969

Pepperdine University, CA, MBA studies

 1984-1986

Graduate Assistantships: Wheaton College, IL, to Chaplain Evan Welch and to Dr. Richy Kamm, Head of Social Studies Division

 1957-1959

Ordination Wheaton Bible Church, IL, Dr. Malcolm L. Cronk, officiating

 November 1959

Ministries Street Preaching and leading singing with Servicemen’s Victory Center, and teaching men’s Bible class at a Baptist church, Louisville, KY, while recuperating from Korean War wounds

 1950-1953

Wheaton College Gospel team member

 1953-1956

Church Planting/Assistant

  

Church Planting/Assistant Pastor, Countryside Chapel, Glen Ellyn (IL)

 1956-1958

Open Air Campaigners team member, Chicago, Il, area

 1958-1959

Missionary Evangelist in Australia with Ambassadors for Christ,
traveling throughout country, with all denominations there

 1959-1960

Evangelist with Don Hanson Evangelistic Crusades in US, officially
approved by Moody Monthly

 1961-1966

Music Director, Streamwood Baptist Church, IL

 1962-1966

Radio Program, “Morning Bible Time,” Elgin, IL

 1965-1966

Associate Pastor, Mission Village Baptist Church, San Diego, CA--
in charge of ministry to Naval Housing there

 1967-1968

Pastor, First Baptist Church of Johnstown, El Cajon, CA

 1968-1969

Adult Bible Teacher, College Avenue Baptist Church, San Diego, CA

 1970-1974

Chairman, Board of Directors, Bible and Greek Teacher, San Diego Bible College, CA

 1970-1972

General Director/Co-Founder, Bible and Greek Teacher, Southwest Institute of Christian Learning, San Diego, CA--now Bethel Seminary, San Diego

 1972-1973

Bible and Greek Teacher, Fletcher Hills Bible College, CA

 1973-1974

Home Bible studies leader, San Diego, CA

 1974-1975

“Scriptural Marriage Seminars”--led at various SoCal churches;
co-taught with wife Bonnie

 1974-1980

Home Bible studies leader, Garden Grove, CA

 1976

Bible and Marriage Teacher, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, CA,
Adult School; also at their Lake Arrowhead camp

 1976-1979

Adult and College Age Bible Teacher and Deacon, Bristol Street
Baptist Church, Santa Ana, CA

 1981-1983

Associate Pastor, First Filipino Mission, Santa Ana, CA

 1983-1985

Pastor, Faith Filipino Fellowship, Santa Ana, CA

 1985-1991

Bible Teacher, Worship Team Member, Faith Community Church,
Santa Ana, CA

 1994-1999

Elder/Church Chairman, Faith Community Church, Santa Ana, CA

 2000-2007

Bible and Greek Teacher, Harvest Bible University, Santa Ana, CA

 2002-2007

Pastor, Faith Community Church, Santa Ana, CA

 2006-Current

Assistant, Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship

 1998-Current

Also: Advisor over Decision Counselors, 2 Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusades

  

Notice In 1992, Don suffered a massive heart attack. After that, he was out of active ministry for many months until he received an ICD (though he continued to conduct marriages and funerals, and do other occasional ministries)

Author God’s Master Plan and Study Guide

My Decision for Christ Bible Study Course (for new converts)
One Way Study Guides for the Whole Bible
“Battlefield Promises That Last,” in God Allows U-Turns: American Moments

Other Reasons to Rejoice

Married to author Bonnie Compton Hanson over 55 years; three sons, three grandsons, one granddaughter; enjoys music, gardening, and chess

Bivocational Ministries

Besides his ministries, Don served five years as IRS officer, one year as a Computer Systems Technical Instructor, and 33 years as a Senior Programmer-Analyst, retiring in 1998.

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