About Don Shire
Don Shire is a gifted Christian trumpeter with a passion for mission’s mobilization worldwide. Don offers his unique trumpet styling in church concerts, mission conferences and in evangelistic meetings throughout the United States and around the world. Don’s music is heard on Christian radio across the United States and is played on some international stations. His musical arrangements vary in style from classical to jazz to gospel, and his appeal is to all ages.
Alumni of Moody Bible Institute, Don and Kathy Shire have previously served in churches in the areas of youth, Christian education, and music. Don also worked for many years as president of two computer related businesses. Don was ordained as a minister of the Gospel by Impact International in 1994. In 1995, he responded to God’s leading to leave the business arena.
In 1997, Don and Kathy formed Don Shire Ministries, a mission organization offering short-term mission opportunities to anyone who is led of the Lord to serve. Since its inception, Don Shire Ministries has taken thousands of people on mission trips offering work projects, evangelism, teaching, children’s programs, Christian camping, and prison ministries. Several who have gone on these trips are now serving full time on the mission field.
Through the gifts of donors, Don Shire Ministries also supports hundreds of orphans and widows in India and Haiti. They have established orphanages and homes for widows and also, through the sponsorship program, place orphans into the homes of pastors in India.
Don also currently serves as president of the board for Sandy Bay Lighthouse Ministries. This organization has established a home on the island of Roatan, Honduras, for orphaned, abandoned, abused, and underprivileged children. For more information on this ministry, see www.sblmroatan.org.
Don and Kathy currently reside in Northern Wisconsin. They have been married since 1974, are the parents of three adult children, and are wonderfully blessed with twelve grandchildren. They are privileged to live across the street from Silver Birch Ranch, a Christian camping ministry that they have been involved with since 1980.
With a concert schedule taking him to some of the largest churches in the United States as well as small churches in rural America, Don simply wants to serve where the Lord leads him. His goal at each concert is to challenge those in attendance to live committed lives for the Lord and to help people understand how to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Don’s recordings are available at his concerts and on this website.
One of Don’s favorite Bible verses is 1 Corinthians 14:8 “Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? " The trumpet has indeed opened doors around the world. To date, Don has ministered in the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Holland, Honduras, India, Israel, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Trinidad, Uganda, and Venezuela.
About Kathy Shire
Kathy Johnson Shire, Don's wife, is a gifted speaker and often speaks at women's banquets, seminars and retreats.
As a missionary wife, mother of three, and grandmother of twelve, Kathy faces the same challenges as all Christian women. Kathy loves to study the Word and find practical applications for woman today.
Kathy often travels with Don on concert tours and accompanies him on some of their short-term mission trips. In addition, she works part time as a tour director. This involves leading tour groups throughout the United States and abroad.
About Colton Draeger
Colton Draeger has been with Don Shire Ministries since February of 2015. His passion makes him a prime candidate for sharing the gospel, and discipling believers wherever the Lord has him in that season. He is married to his sweetheart, Mia, who is now studying as a student of Osteopathic Medicine at Liberty University in Virginia.
Finding effective ways to combat against poverty and show genuine care for orphans and widows has been a top priority and passion for Colton. It has taken him on a journey to many different nations around the world where he has had the privilege of sharing the gospel and studying different methods of poverty alleviation.
Towards the end of 2016, Colton enrolled in an agricultural program based in the Philippines. Through his internship, he learned brilliant farming techniques that could be brought into the context of DSM’s orphanages. Through the development of small farms in Honduras, Haiti, and India, he and his wife hope to be God’s vessels to bring the orphans and widows health, the ability to provide for themselves, self-worth, and sustainability!
While Mia works toward becoming a doctor, Colton has started a small farm in Bedford, Virginia, under the management and direction of Don Shire Ministries. There he raises Jersey cows to sell grass-fed raw milk in a herd share program, as well as several other enterprises including a newly planted orchard, pastured eggs, and a large vegetable garden. All profits from the farm are directed towards giving a hope and a future to the women and children of DSM, so they will never end up back on the streets.
Because of the nature of his farming methods, Colton has several weeks during the winter months where he can spend time overseas, implementing and teaching agriculture to those who are a part of Don Shire Ministries.
About Julie McFadden
Julie McFadden is heading up the DSM ministries in Haiti. The 50+ children at both Faith In Action House and Jehovah Rapha House have captured her heart.
Julie has always had a strong love for God. She grew up in a Christian home with parents who are in pastoral ministry. She became a Christian at a young age and felt called into vocational ministry. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a communications and Bible degree and married her college sweetheart, Arol McFadden. She and Arol began working at Minooka Bible Church in 1998. They have served there together since then. Julie loves being a pastor’s wife and serving within the local church in a variety of roles.
Julie and Arol have 4 sons and she loves being a mom to her boys. Her sons are Micah, Carson, Rylan and Cohen. Each of these adventuresome young men bring her great joy.
In 2015, Julie went with Don Shire Ministries and Minooka Bible Church to Haiti. On this trip, Julie fell in love with Haiti and the children that DSM ministers to. She felt God leading her to continue helping the children in whatever way she could. She developed a program called orphanED at Minooka Bible Church to support the kids from Don Shire Ministries as they “age- out” of the orphanage. This program provides for vocational training and/or college education to give each child the best shot possible at a secure future. She continued to volunteer for DSM whenever possible.
In January 2018, she came on as part time staff at Don Shire Ministries and is thrilled to take deeper steps into the work in Haiti. Her role involves managing the 2 homes that DSM serves in Haiti as well as promoting sponsorships for the children at Faith In Action House and Jehovah Rapha House. She is also the short-term missions director within Haiti for DSM. Please contact Julie if you are interested in sponsoring or going a short-term trip to Haiti! Haiti@donshire.com.
Our Mission Statement
Don Shire Ministries, Inc. is a not-for-profit ministry. Our purpose is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all who will hear through personal ministry and in assisting missionaries and evangelical servants through short-term mission opportunities.
We are inter-denominational and are governed by a board of directors. All donations are tax-deductible.
Our Doctrinal Statement
The doctrinal commitment of Don Shire Ministries, Inc., is based upon the authority and reliability of the Bible as the infallible and divinely inspired Word of God, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ.