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1975 graduate of the Northside School of Preaching, (seminary) Harrison, Arkansas. Don has been in public speaking since age 13 and was voted among the Jaycees’ “Outstanding Young Men of America,” 1980. Don’s preaching ministry spans 35 years in two different cities, Shawnee, Oklahoma and Ardmore, Oklahoma. Don worked for 7 years helping to produce a television program for a Christian magazine which received national recognition in the magazine, “Christianity Today.”
In June 2010, Don received an honorary Doctorate degree from Vision International University of Romona, California, in recognition of his “outstanding accomplishments in ministry and publishing.” Vision International has 140,000 students worldwide. Dr. Stan DeKoven stated at the graduation ceremony, attended by an estimated 1,000 people, that Vision seldom awards honorary Doctorate degrees, and never more than one per year.
Don is a prolific author, having written 22 books, including: 2 Peter 3: The Late Great Kingdom, reprinted now under the title of the Elements Shall Melt with Fervent Heat; Who is This Babylon? (Second Edition), Like Father Like Son, on Clouds of Glory, (Second Edition), Into All The World Then Comes The End, The Last Days Identified, Seal Up Vision and Prophecy, (Third edition), Can God Tell Time?, (Five reprints and revisions), Israel: 1948, Countdown To No Where, Blast From The Past: The Truth About Armageddon, Leaving the Rapture Behind, Seventy Weeks are Determined…for the Resurrection; How Is This Possible (third reprint, revised and enlarged, 2009). Some of Preston’s works have been translated into six different languages, and reprinted several times.
Don’s two latest books (2016) are:
“Elijah Has Come, A Solution to Romans 11:25-27”
“The Resurrection of Daniel 12:2: Future or Fulfilled?
Don’s book, Who is this Babylon?, a study of Revelation, has received critical acclaim. He is currently at work on several other manuscripts including books on the Transfiguration, the parables of Jesus, the Olivet Discourse, the significance of circumcision in New Testament eschatology, the Song of Moses (Deuteronomy 32) and others. Don’s 2010 book, “We Shall Meet Him In The Air: The Wedding of the King of kings,” is the very first, and only, full length (450+ pages) commentary on 1 Thessalonians 4 from the preterist (fulfilled) perspective. Dr. Preston’s writings have appeared in almost every major religious periodical of the churches of Christ.
Dr. Preston is an experienced debater, and has participated in several formal public debates as well as radio debates. His opponents include some of the leading evangelical leaders of the day, including:
* Thomas Ice, co-founder with Tim Lahaye, of the Pre-Trib Research Center.
*Harold Hoehner of Dallas Theological Seminary.
*Dr. David Engelsma of Reformed Theological Seminary.
*C. Marvin Pate of Moody College.
*Dr. F. Lagard Smith, and other notable theologians.
* Dr. David Hester, of Faulkner University– Debate July 14-16, 2016.
He has participated in live interviews on such Christian talk shows as “Salt and Light” in St. Louis, Missouri, the Gianni Hayes syndicated program, and numerous others. Preston is also co-host, with William Bell, of a radio program each Tuesday evening, 6 PM central time, called “Two Guys and the Bible.” The program can be heard live atwww.ad70.net.
The website for the Research Institute is www.eschatology.org. In addition to that website, Dr. Preston is also the personal owner of www.bibleprophecy.com, one of the top rated sites for the study of prophecy on the web. He also ownswww.donkpreston.com
The websites contain many articles written by Don and other writers from around the country. They welcome open discussion and continued study.
Don served as minister for the Ardmore Church of Christ, (later named The Family of God church) for 16 years. He resigned to devote himself full time to research, writing, seminars and debates. Preston’s Research Institute sponsors an annual seminar at the Ardmore Convention Center, (July 14-16, 2016), with attendees coming from as far away as Canada, California, New York, and as many as 25 different states.
Hobbies include collecting and restoring classic cars (especially early mustangs), and old pickups; fishing, hunting, internet research, reading, and many others.
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