Donald graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Following his studies at LSU he went on to receive a Masters of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1977.
His early ministry career included service at the following churches:
- Reddell Baptist Mission, Reddell, LA - Pastor
- Oak Grove Baptist Church, Oak Grove, LA - Pastor
- McLaurin Heights Baptist Church, Pearl, MS - Director of Youth & Education
- Temple Baptist Church, Clute, TX - Pastor
- Gulf Coast Baptist Association, Brazoria County Texas, Executive Director
- Shadycrest Baptist Church, Pearland, Tx-Pastor
Donald and his wife Debbie reside in Clute, Texas. They have two sons; Phillip, his wife Jenny and their children, Jackson, Micah, Brittany, Katie; and Josh, his wife Ashley and their children, Brady and Oliver.