Dr. Don Cockes serves as a regional catalyst in the Valley for the SBC of Virginia. He helps churches in various ways as an advisor, mentor, and partner in ministry. He lives in Salem, but is a native of Altavista. He made a profession of faith in Christ at the age of 12, publicly acknowledged his call to ministry while in college, and has served in many Southern Baptist contexts.
Since 1988, he has served in some form of ministry, including youth pastor, associate pastor, senior pastor, transitional pastor of four churches, North American Mission Board missionary, and SBCV staff since 2004. Additionally, he has served on numerous Southern Baptist boards and committees over the years and has a passion for missions. Don has a Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Seminary and has degrees from James Madison University and Mid-America Seminary. He and his wife, Janine, have been married for more than 28 years and have two sons: Tim and Chris.