Don Calkins, and his wife, Joy, are the founding pastors of Lakeside Church in Liberty Lake, a growing community between Spokane, Wash., and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 

After several years working in secular industry, Don answered a call to ministry, where he applies his wisdom, encouragement, and principles of living to help others be led by the Holy Spirit, enjoying a closer walk with God.

At six years old, Don chose to follow Jesus Christ and was baptized in water and filled with the Holy Spirit. He would invite neighbor friends over for milk and cookies, sharing God’s word with his young friends from a makeshift pulpit.

“Anyway I could get them to come and listen was good with me,” he says. 

As an adult, Don has served as a youth and worship leader, family and senior pastor. His heart is to see every believer and every Christian church become relevant and effective, sharing and teaching the gospel of Christ in the community. With his gift of exhortation and encouragement, Don loves to help people reach their potential in God, full of purpose and joy as wholly devoted followers of Christ.

Married for nearly 40 years, Don and Joy have three grown sons and ten grandchildren. “It’s more of a tribe when we’re all together,” he says.

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