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|Albright, Donald D||1956, M. Div.|
D.O.D 10/2010 - Dr. Donald D. Albright graduated from Manhattan Bible College in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1947 he began his first pastorate at Burr Oak, Kansas. On April 9, 1948 Don married Carol Clark and they moved to Enid.
Don began his work in Phillips Graduate Seminary in 1948. Weekends he worked as Youth Minister at First Christian in Arkansas City, Kansas. In the summer of 1949, he was called as minister to the Christian Church at Greenfield, Missouri. While there he held services at the church at Pennsboro, Missouri on Sunday evenings. In the summer of 1950 Don was called to become minister at Cheney, Kansas. During the week he continued work on his graduate degree. He received his Master of Divinity from Phillips in the summer of 1956 and the family moved to a pastorate at Alamosa, Colorado.
In June of 1958, Don was called as minister to the Hiawatha, Kansas Christian Church. In 1962 he was called as pastor to First Christian Church in North Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1971, First Christian Church of Kansas City, Missouri called Don as pastor. Because the Church was small and most members were youth, it was necessary for Don and Carol to share the work, and work at other jobs to afford to stay in this ministry. Early on, Don served as a Counselor at the Job Corps in Excelsior Springs, Family Attention Center. During this time, he completed his Master in Counseling from the University of Missouri Kansas City. He continued his education with other local ministers, in classes provided by the San Francisco Theological Seminary, and completed his doctorate degree by spending a summer in residence in San Francisco. There he received his Doctor of Ministry in 1984.
In 1973, First Christian was struggling to keep its ministry to youth in the community going. Several inner city churches and neighborhood leaders formed a board, and they decided to help First Christian launch a Community Center. They chose the name, Together Center, Inc. and it became a legal entity in 1975.
After “retirement”, his ministries included serving Windbrooke Christian Church, Oak Grove in Kansas and Wellborn Community Church as pastor, and as interim at Mayview, Missouri Zion United Church of Christ, Cherokee, Westwood, Bader Memorial, Pleasant View and at Westwood again.
Don and Carol had one daughter, Ariel and three sons, Michael, Kevin, and Loren. He died in October 2010.