Our Pastor

Don J. Hanson

Pastor Don Hanson's Biography

Decision for Christ   

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

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.

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


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


Pepperdine University, CA, MBA studies


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


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


Wheaton College Gospel team member


Church Planting/Assistant


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


Open Air Campaigners team member, Chicago, Il, area


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


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


Music Director, Streamwood Baptist Church, IL


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


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


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


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


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


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


Bible and Greek Teacher, Fletcher Hills Bible College, CA


Home Bible studies leader, San Diego, CA


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


Home Bible studies leader, Garden Grove, CA


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


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


Associate Pastor, First Filipino Mission, Santa Ana, CA


Pastor, Faith Filipino Fellowship, Santa Ana, CA


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


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


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


Pastor, Faith Community Church, Santa Ana, CA


Assistant, Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship


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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