About Our Pastor

Dr. Donald J. Wilton

Senior Pastor

Dr. Don Wilton has served as senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, South Carolina for nineteen 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, and millions of homes both nationally and globally through the broadcast of The Encouraging Word. Dr. Wilton’s messages are also available on the Internet here.

Dr. Wilton’s preaching and teaching is hallmarked 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.”

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 LineTotally Secure, When God Prayed, and A Hope and a Future…Overcoming Discouragement. Dr. Wilton has served as president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and 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: their son Rob and his wife, Annabeth, and grandsons, Bolt, Mack and Birk, granddaughter, Carolina McCall, their son Greg and his wife, Abby, and grandsons Max, Charlie and Oliver; and their daughter, Shelley.  Both sons are being used mightily in the Gospel ministry.