Don Golden, a pastor, nonprofit executive and prominent voice in the Biblical justice movement, has joined World Vision as its vice president for church relations. In this role, Golden leads the efforts to engage and partner with churches and Christ-followers across the country to advance World Vision’s mission of tackling poverty and injustice worldwide.
“Over the years in ministry I’ve witnessed World Vision’s work in some of the toughest places on the planet,” says Don. “The invitation to join such an exceptional organization that God has raised up is honoring, humbling, and very exciting.”
Don comes to World Vision from World Relief, a humanitarian organization affiliated with the National Association of Evangelicals, where he has served as the senior vice president of church engagement. While at World Relief, Don led the organization’s partnerships with churches nationwide, and managed relationships with high-profile advocates, major donors, and partner organizations. He also oversaw World Relief’s rebranding and collaborated on the development of The Justice Conference.
Don worked for World Relief earlier in his career as the director of church partnerships. He also served as lead pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich. During his tenure at Mars Hill, he led an overhaul of the church’s mission and vision and created a theological framework to engage the entire church in education and mobilization.
His passion to partner with churches to help the poor and oppressed has taken him to more than 70 countries, and his background as a pastor and NGO executive uniquely positions him to advance World Vision’s partnerships with churches throughout the United States.
“World Vision has the talent and tools the church needs to advance the gospel among the children, families and communities who need it most — all over the world,” Golden said. “That I get to join in this work is simply awesome.”
Golden has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from North Central Bible College and a master’s degree in Religious Studies from University of Wales, UK. He also is an author as well as a frequent contributor to Voice of America, CNN Belief Blog, and the Huffington Post.