Our Pastor

Dr. Don Wilton’s preaching and teaching is marked by his uncompromising presentation of the life changing truth of God’s Word that points people to Jesus. He challenges and encourages people to become all that they can be for Christ, emphatic in his belief that “evangelism is incomplete until the evangelized become the evangelists.”

Dr. Wilton has served as senior pastor of First Baptist Spartanburg, South Carolina for over eighteen years.  He also serves as president of The Encouraging Word television ministry. This ministry reaches thousands of homes through the regional CBS-affiliate, WSPA TV-7, and CW affiliate WYCW TV- 62. Plus the media ministry reaches millions of homes both nationally and globally through the broadcast of The Encouraging Word. Dr. Wilton’s messages are also available online here.

He has written and published many manuals, articles and reviews for the Southern Baptist Convention, Preaching and Decision magazines, as well as other publications.  He has authored, Starting for the Finish, The Absolute Certainty of Life After Death (a novel), See You at the Finish Line,  Totally Secure, When God Prayed, and “A Hope and a Future…Overcoming Discouragement.” Dr. Wilton has served as president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.  He is a frequent speaker for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, as well as the Billy Graham Schools of Evangelism held around the world.

He is a distinguished Bible expositor, a frequent guest of other TV ministries and guest speaker and preacher in many Bible conferences, state conventions, seminaries and colleges across the nation.

Don and his wife, Karyn, have three grown children, Rob and his wife, Annabeth, Greg and his wife, Abby, and daughter, Shelley. They also have five grandchildren.

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