The Rev. Don A. Darden Jr. - Pastor and Teacher
Don Jr. was born on October 25, 1964, and is a native of Colon, Republic of Panama. He completed his primary and secondary education in Jesup, Georgia. He is a graduate of Georgia Military College (AAS), Jacksonville Theological Seminary (University system of Florida) with a Masters in Christian Counseling, and a Bachelor’s in Religion. He is a graduate of Strayer University (Augusta, Georgia Campus), where he completed his Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BA), and his Master of Science in Management (MSM). He is a graduate of Liberty University where he completed his Master of Arts in Theology, 2015, and Master of Divinity (MDiv), 2019. He is presently enrolled in Liberty University’s Doctoral Program (DMin) with a cognate in Pastoral Leadership. Pastor Darden is a member of Upsilon Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Rev. Darden was called to the ministry at the early age of 14. He was first licensed to preach under the leadership of Bishop Otis McCormick, State Prelate, New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ, Delta Junction, Alaska (1980). He would go on to serve as an Associate Minister at the Bennett Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jesup, Georgia, where he was licensed under the late Rev. Dr. Isaiah E. Boles. He served as Sunday school teacher, youth minister, and evangelism ministry leader for the Youth Detention Center, highway 56, and Gilbert Manor community project, outreach ministries for Macedonia Baptist Church, Augusta, Georgia under the late Rev. J. S. Wright (1992-1995 and 1996-2000).
He is a veteran of 22 years in the U. S. Army, as a Field Artillery and Signal soldier, retiring in October of 2003 with the rank of First Sergeant. He is happily married to the former Ms. Sharon Hyson, who also served in the military and a veteran of Desert Storm and Desert Shield. They are the proud parents of Stephon (serving in the Army) and Alexis (student at Mercer University, and employed in Atlanta, Ga).
Rev. Darden’s functional call to Liberty Baptist Church came in January of 2001 while stationed in Korea. His vision for Liberty Baptist Church is being ‘United in the same Purpose’ (Ephesians 4:4-16 KJV). As Senior Servant, his Stewardship Ministry is to: Express God’s Person, Extend God’s Presence and Exhibit God’s Power as we live in the flow of the Spirit.
Some of the key benefits of his Preaching, Teaching, and Evangelistic Ministry are: (1) greater insight into the mind of God, (2) divine enabling to do the Will of God, (3) a time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, (4) a deeper level of understanding the text, (5) gaining greater resources for understanding and applying the text, (6) experiencing a deeper commitment in our walk with the Lord, (7) a greater love and commitment to witness and WIN souls for the Kingdom, (8) relevant tools for tackling the task of “GO”, (9) and an opportunity to use your tongue to tell the story.