Don Barkley has served as the area director for SEARCH in Orange County, California since 1985. Don has led hundreds of discussions in homes, businesses, country clubs and colleges, as well as on recreational retreats to ski mountains, tennis clubs and fishing expeditions. For several years Don served on the board of the Alliance for Spiritual Community, an inter-faith movement providing educational events, including the Religious Diversity Faire at San Juan Capistrano Catholic Mission, and at the University of California Irvine. He also has led weekly open forums at an Orange County treatment center for alcohol and chemical dependency. Don has taught courses as an adjunct instructor at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. Before SEARCH and after college, he served on the pastoral staff of a church in his hometown of Laramie, Wyoming. He has degrees from Wheaton College and Dallas Theological Seminary. Don and his wife, Ann, live in Laguna Niguel and have four adult, married children and three grandsons.
Why did you choose to join Search? I believe that God really does love and cherish every individual and wants to have a relationship with him or her. If the great news in the Bible about Jesus is true, then there is no greater mission than to help people toward God. When I met the Search staff in 1984, I found people who were as excited about Jesus and about sharing this great news as I was.