About the Founder
In 2012, Don Willett founded Stage of Faith Ministries, Inc., to “guide and transform the follower of Christ on a journey toward full-grown spiritual maturity.” His studies and ministry experience all lead to and consummate in this innovative and compelling ministry. For 25 years, Don’s studies and ministry experiences have focused on discipleship and the process of being transformed and strengthened in our walk with Jesus Christ.
Education: Don completed his PhD in Educational Studies at Talbot Theological Seminary in La Mirada, Ca, where he also completed the Masters in Christian Education and Masters of Divinity. It was in the doctoral program that Don conceived the idea of a biblical model of Stages of Faith, and has been tirelessly devoted to it since 1987.
Author: Don is the author of Stages of Faith: 8 Milestones That Mark Your Journey, as well as The Path: How to Understand & Experience Authentic Spiritual Growth. He also designed the one-of-a-kind Spiritual Growth Profile, an instrument to reliably measure your growth at each of the three Stages and eight Milestones of spiritual development. Don relies on these tools in his personal Coaching, Leadership Training, and Teaching.
Experience: His experiences with Stages of Faith and The Path are grounded in twenty-five years of pastoral experience in adult education, his commitment to transformational small groups and discipleship of men and women, as well as teaching Stages of Faith at Biola University’s adult degree completion program.
Don has been on staff at Biola University as a department head and adjunct professor, as well as a staff member of Church Resource Ministries, Orange County, CA, where he trained and encouraged pastors and leaders in small group strategies and skills, church renewal, and church planting. Additionally, Don has been on pastoral staff at Faithful Central Bible Church (with Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer), a largely African-American congregation in Inglewood, CA, as well as at Journey of Faith (with Dr. Glen Martin), Manhattan Beach, CA, where he served as pastor of Adult Ministries and Discipleship, and helped develop a satellite church in Bellflower, CA.
Family: His wife, Barbara, is a graduate of Biola University and a gifted Stages of Faith Coach. She serves on the Board of “Actively Caring Through Sharing” (ACTS) a non-profit support group for women and men caregivers; is affiliated in service as a retired Board member of “The Network of Evangelical Women in Ministry” (NEWIM), a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Christian women in ministry. They have three adult children, six grandchildren, and reside in Redondo Beach, CA.
Dr. Willett has responded effectively to the biblical mandate to grow in one’s relationship with God by producing a powerful vehicle for progress on the path of spiritual maturity. Through the exercises and information contained in Stages of Faith the Holy Spirit takes the hand of the believer and escorts the child of God along their journey of being conformed to the image of Christ.