Don Pike, TMF Facilitator
Don Pike didn’t plan on becoming a pastor.
He started his career as a banker, and he loved it. But when he received the call of the ministry, he realized that his financial career would be short lived.
“I didn’t want to be a minister. But after a while I realized that ministry was something that I had to do,” explains Pike. “It was my wife who got the short end of things. She married a banker, not a preacher.”
Following his calling meant going back to school and getting a degree from Texas Wesleyan. Then he worked to get his Master’s Degree from the Perkins School of Theology at SMU, followed by earning his PhD from TCU.
After seminary, came a number of pastor positions at churches across Texas. First, Pike was sent to Arlington to “plant a church” which became Trinity UMC. He then served in positions in West Fort Worth, North East (Something County) and Waxahachie. As time went on, Pike found himself assigned positions at larger and larger churches. He finally wound up at First UMC in Arlington where he served for 18 years before retiring in 1998.
When TMF wanted to start a Learning Community to support senior pastors of churches with large congregations, Don Pike was the consensus choice for facilitating the group.
Pike immediately realized the immense value of being part of such a unique group of individuals.
“This has been a tremendously rewarding experience for me, and I believe for every member of the group,” says Pike. “It helps so much to be able to talk to people who are leading the same life, confronting the same challenges, and experiencing those same quiet moments of success. We are all very fortunate to be able to share those experiences with others who understand what you’re going through, and have smart, creative and actionable ideas to help you improve the way you serve your congregation and the Church.”