Don grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas where he attended Little Rock Central High School. He then went to Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas. Central Baptist Church called Don as pastor in August of 1979.
Don is married to Margaret Kinley Chandler and together they have three married children; Lori, Michael, and Marlo. From those children, they now have seven grandchildren.
Don has led more than 20 trips to Israel. He enjoys spending time with family, golf, and traveling.