Forty years ago, Don Shackelford received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Seven years later, Don cofounded his first church, serving as the associate pastor.
In 1998 Don became the senior pastor of a local community church in South Carolina. During his fifteen-year tenure as the senior pastor, he founded a childcare facility, a Sunday morning and Sunday evening Christian church service for both men and women in the county jail, a drug and alcohol rehab housing facility for men coming out of jail, a private Christian school for children from preschool to twelfth grade, a safe house for abused women and children, and various missions in two different countries in Africa.
Today Don and his wife, Brenda, are missionaries in Africa, concentrating on the rebuilding of the war-torn nation of Sierra Leone.