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About Don C. Fanning

Don and Jan Fanning were married in 1965 after meeting at Bob Jones University. They have four children, all married, and six grandchildren. Don’s main hobbies are golf (6 handicap) and flying. In 2006 Don teamed with Steve and Jesse (son) Saint and the Waodoni Indians (formerly "Aucas") to help them start an aviation industry of building airplanes in the jungles of Ecuador. Together they built a 200 mph, 4-place, RV-10 Experimental Aircraft.
Don Fanning’s ministry began as an Associate Pastor in Garland, Texas under Dr. Gary Coleman at Lavon Drive Baptist Church. Three years later the Fannings began their service in the jungles of Colombia where Don was a jungle pilot and evangelist for seven years. When the government forced their departure from the tribal areas, Don founded a church in Bogotá and helped start the Bogotá Baptist Bible Institute.
During a three years leave-of-absence in the US, he attended Capital Bible Seminary and founded Fellowship Baptist Church in Burke, Virginia. He was then asked to become the Academic Dean of the Word of Life Bible Institute in Argentina where he served for seven years.
In 1991, Don and Jan returned to Argentina to start a church in Buenos Aires and to start a publishing ministry for Christian school textbooks in order to help a budding Christian school movement. The church he founded in Buenos Aires has continued under national leadership.
In 1994, due to excessive taxes, Don moved the publishing ministry, Libros Aguila, to Asunción, Paraguay. In 1996 Don joined two Paraguayan leaders and served at New Life Baptist Church. During the next four years it grew from 60 to 450 (currently 1300!), becoming the fastest growing Baptist church in Latin America.
In the summer of 2000, with the publishing and church ministries flourishing in over 600 schools in 14 countries, the Fannings saw it was time to “pass the baton” on to national leadership. Upon returning to the states, Dr. Jerry Falwell asked the Fannings to join him in Lynchburg. In the summer of 2002 Don became the Chair of the Cross-Cultural Studies Department (now known as the Department of Inter-Cultural Studies) as well as the Director of the Center for Global Ministries at Liberty University. Don also teaches the Logos Class at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Don has a blog that explains all the commands of the NT (that are suppose to be taught to all disciples according to the Great Commissions), that have been written into a Daily Devotional Bible Study and appears every morning at 6 AM EST at This blog is also in Spanish at These have been compiled into a book called "Truths to Live By" available through Branches Publications. In 2011 Don started Branches Publications to make available all of his books through an On-Demand-Printing at

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Commands in the New Testament (2)

Themes in Theology that Impacts Missions (8)

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