Pastor Donald McFarlane
is retired and living in Lincoln, England. His teaching, preaching, and counselling ministry spanned 49 years, with service in Jamaica, the United Kingdom and the United States. Having spent 27 years in church administration and 22 in local church pastorates, McFarlane has amassed an immense amount of experience in church polity, hermeneutics, applied theology and inter-personal relationships.
Despite serving in positions, such as executive secretary of the British Union of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA), president of the South England Conference of SDA, field secretary of the Trans-European Division of SDA and president of the British Union of SDA, McFarlane admits that his most fulfilling years in ministry were those in which he served as a pastor in Jamaica, Birmingham, UK, and Takoma Park near Washington DC.
Born in Portland, Jamaica, McFarlane attended Titchfield and Portland High Secondary Schools, subsequently enrolling at West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University), from which he graduated with a B.A. in Theology in 1973. He also earned an MA in Pastoral Ministry and a D. Min. from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He is married to his West Indies College girlfriend, Mary (nee Walters), with whom he has had three children.
Don’s hobbies include creative writing, reading, gardening, ping pong, cooking and scrabble. He is passionate about the mission of the church, excited about the prospect of the return of Jesus and sees service to others as the highest expression of worship.