Dr. Don Wilton has been the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC since 1993. He is the founder and president of The Encouraging Word broadcast ministry which has the potential to reach households in 158 countries through television, radio, and the internet.
Dr. Wilton was born in South Africa where he met and married his wife, Karyn Bolton Wilton. Soon after graduating from Rhodes University, they felt God’s call on their lives for ministry and moved to the United States to attend seminary. Dr. Wilton graduated from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is the recipient of six earned academic degrees. After graduating he served at the seminary as the Associate Professor of Evangelistic Preaching for a number of years as well as serving as the pastor of a local church.
In addition to writing manuals, articles, and reviews for the Southern Baptist Convention, and publications such as Preaching and Decision Magazines, he is the author of many books: The Absolute Certainty of Life After Death, See You at the Finish Line, Totally Secure, When God Prayed, A Hope and a Future: Overcoming Discouragement, Praying for a Miracle, Encouragement In His Presence, and Defying the Odds: Standing Up When You Want To Give Up.
Dr. Wilton also has the privilege of serving as Dr. Billy Graham’s pastor. They have remained close friends for many years, and Dr. Wilton is a frequent speaker for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Schools of Evangelism and for The Cove.
Dr. Wilton’s ministry has been hallmarked by his uncompromising presentation of the life changing truth of God’s Word. As a result, he is in great demand as a Bible expositor and preaches around the world in crusades, revivals, evangelism conferences, state conventions, and on seminary campuses. He has served as the president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and was elected to be the annual preacher for the Southern Baptist Convention. He has been a favorite speaker for the International Gideon’s Convention both at home and abroad. Dr. Wilton hosts Christian tours to the Holy Land focusing on different areas each year such as Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Rome, Turkey, and Greece.
High Point University's 42nd Annual Prayer Breakfast with Rev. John Fitzgerald