New Gulf Stream DOM is former IMB missionary
Minshew speaks Portuguese, says he needs Spanish tutor
Feb 27, 2014
Florida Baptist Witness

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HOLLYWOOD (FBW)—Gulf Stream Baptist Association, with offices in Hollywood, has called Don Minshew as director of missions. He and his son, Dennis, 16, moved to Hollywood from Wellborn, where Minshew served as pastor at Wellborn Baptist Church.

Minshew’s nine-year pastorate in rural Wellborn followed 15 years with the International Mission Board during which he served in Portugal, Angola, Kenya, and Namibia with his wife, Carol. The couple planted Lake Forest Baptist Church in Walls, Miss. in 1980, and he served as pastor there for 10 years.

He is a graduate of Memphis State University, and received M. Div. and D.Min. degrees from Mid-America Theological Seminary, also in Memphis.

Carol Minshew, 56, died Aug. 30, 2013, following a year-long battle with cancer.

Minshew said his moving to South Florida to work as a DOM is “a God thing.” While at the Florida Baptist State Convention in November he heard Convention President Tim Maynard preach about the multitudes without Christ in South Florida.

“I said to myself, ‘I speak Portu­guese, but I need to get a Spanish tutor, and maybe Haitian, too.’” 

Later that day, Eddie Bevill, pastor of Parkridge Baptist Church in Coral Springs, joked with Minshew about the DOM position being vacant in his association. The two references to South Florida then “came together,” Minshew said. When he returned to Wellborn, he asked his son about the possibility of moving to South Florida.

“He told me, ‘Dad, we can never be afraid of what God might do,’” he said.

Minshew soon texted Bevill, “Do I have the abilities and gifts you guys are looking for?”

Five weeks later, Minshew was offered the position of DOM, and he had to break the news to Wellborn Baptist that had “loved us through my wife’s illness and death.

“They told me they could see God working in this decision. They handled it all with love and maturity,” he said.

While still unpacking boxes in his Hollywood office, Minshew told Florida Baptist Witness he hoped to “experience God’s miraculous hand” in his new work as DOM as he had on the mission field and at Wellborn Baptist.

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