Donnie Wiltshire began as special ministries consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in June 1999. He came to North Carolina from Memphis, Tenn., where he was pastor of the Deaf Congregation and Minister to Senior Adults at the First Baptist Church of Memphis. Prior to the Memphis ministry he pastored in New Orleans, La., and served churches as Minister with the Deaf in Fort Worth, Brownwood and Corpus Christi, Texas. Texas is his home state.
Donnie has a bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas; a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas; and a doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has severed on the adjunct faculty of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky.; Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.; and Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. He has written and edited several books including: “In That Day, A History of Southern Baptist Deaf Work,” “The Southern Baptist Conference of the Deaf, A Celebration of Fifty Years,” and “Memories, The Life of J. W. Gardner.”
Donnie lives in Cary with his wife, Irma, who is a preschool teacher at Salem Baptist Church in Cary. Donnie and Irma have three children. Kyle, their oldest, works with LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn., and Wendy, their oldest daughter, serves with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Gena, their youngest daughter, works for the Cleveland County Women’s Abuse Shelter in Shelby, N.C. Donnie and Irma have two grandsons.