Through God's providence, God prepares people for future ministry. Don started making films in his backyard at age 14 with an 8mm camera. This would grow into professional assignments with Leo Burnett Advertising Agency and NBC News in Chicago. As his cinematography skills grew in proficiency, God was laying a foundation for his future work documenting prison ministry in some of the toughest prisons in America.
Don has produced more films about prison ministry than any other person. Inspired by the 1970's films of Chaplain Ray, Don used his talents, developed during years of professional assignments, to illuminate the power of God to reach a diverse variety of prisoners from a simple thief to a serial killer. The themes were always the same: God's captivating grace and His boundless mercy.
By God's grace, Don had meetings at the highest levels of American government. These meetings broadened the research for many of his future books and lent Youth Direct Ministry increased credibility with correctional facility leaders. All of these meetings were substantial lasting from one hour to ninety minutes in length. These were not photo sessions but discussions about prison conditions and prison ministry. Don also met with prison ministry leaders and juvenile gang members.
When God calls a man or woman to any form of ministry, He also equips that person with gifts necessary to execute that ministry. As the leader of Youth Direct Ministry, God has given Don gifts that enable him to relate to troubled and incarcerated youth and to lead, encourage and instill confidence in the ministry volunteers and to communicate effectively with corrections and school professionals.