Don Follis has spent his entire 42-year ministry career in Champaign-Urbana, a college town (University of Illinois) of 150,000 in east-central Illinois. The first 20 years he served in campus ministry, ministering 12 years with undergraduates and another 8 with international students. Following his campus ministry days, Don worked 3 years in administration for InterVarsity-Christian Fellowship, serving as the local liaison for Inter-varsity’s triennial URBANA 2000 and 2003 student missions conferences. From 2003 to 2009 Don served on the staff of a large Vineyard Church, overseeing pastoral care.
In 2010 Don started and now directs a ministry to pastors called Pastor-to-Pastor Initiatives. The ministry serves pastors providing counseling, mentoring and spiritual direction. Over the last decade, Don has served 4 congregations as their interim pastor.
Don enjoys reading, preaching, writing the Sunday religion column for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, and hiking with his wife, Jennifer, who taught journalism at the University of Illinois for 30 years.
Paul Matsushima is the operations manager for Fuller’s De Pree Center for Leadership. He is the author of Thank You Very Mochi, a children’s book about preserving family culture and traditions, and writes for Inheritance Magazine. Paul holds a Master of Theology from Fuller.
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