Our Devotion Leaders and Musicians
Mt. Carmel Church is pleased to host a group of rotating devotional leaders. Our leaders are working ministers, retired ministers or students of ministry, some of whom are studying at the Memphis Theological Seminary. Our musicians are local church members who graciously volunteer to play for our worship services.
Rev. Don McCracken
Don V. McCracken was born in Memphis. He accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at a young age; likewise, he accepted his “call to preach” in his teenage years. He preached his first “sermon” at a mission on Main Street in Memphis at the age of 13. He was also allowed to preach at the Memphis Union Mission as a teenager.
He moved to Byhalia, MS in his early teens. At age 15, he taught a young people’s Sunday school class at Byhalia United Methodist Church. He received his high school diploma from Byhalia High School.
He continued his education and his pursuit of ministry in The United Methodist Church. He received his Associate of Arts (cum laude) from Wood Junior College in Mathiston, MS. He attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY for two quarters before transferring to Bethel College in McKenzie, TN where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree.
During his time at Wood, he served as student minister to Mt. Nebo and Salem United Methodist Churches in Webster and Choctaw County, MS; likewise, he served as student minister to Dr. James Buskirk’s former student pastorate — Derma and Big Creek United Methodist Churches in Calhoun County, MS. He was also the youth director for the First United Methodist Church in Calhoun City, MS.
While at Bethel College, though still Methodist, he served as student supply minister to Dresden and New Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Churches. After he received his Bachelor of Arts from Bethel, he continued his education at Memphis Theological Seminary.
While at Memphis Theological Seminary he continued to serve New Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McNairy County, TN. He later served a short while at the Ramer Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ramer, TN before accepting various appointments from the Bishop of the former North Mississippi United Methodist Conference, now Mississippi Conference. While at MTS, he received his ordination as a Deacon in The United Methodist Church. Upon completion of seminary, he later received his full ordination as an Elder in The United Methodist Church.
He served in various churches in Northern Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta. After he finished seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree (cum laude), he continued to finish up his teaching credentials through Delta State University and Mississippi State University. (He is licensed to teach in Mississippi and Tennessee with endorsements in Bible, English, and Speech-Communication.)
He left the itinerant ministry for a while to pursue a career in the airline industry; likewise, he also studied massage therapy and became a licensed massage therapist.
After a series of “providential events” and the encouragement of some other ministers, Don prayerfully decided to renew his commitment to ministry in 2016.
Presently, he serves as the supply minister for First Presbyterian Church in Selmer, TN on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, and he serves as the supply minister for Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church in Tipton County on the third Sunday of the month.
He is actively involved with independent film as an actor, writer, director, producer, and composer. He maintains his BIT-BY-BIT PRODUCTIONS office at 3540 Summer Avenue, Suite #406; Memphis, TN 38122. Besides being in college plays and little theatre productions, in 2015, Don played the role of Atticus Finch in the stage version of “To Kill A Mockingbird” at the Rose Theatre of the Buckman Center for Performing Arts located in Memphis. Presently, he is represented by Lisa Lax of The Lisa Lax Agency (Memphis-Nashville-New York). He has been in a number of commercials including “Talk Now Tennessee.” He avoids accepting acting assignments which may interfere with his commitment to ministry.
Presently, Don desires to remain open and available to whatever God has in store for him as he pursues a deeper level and commitment to a pastoral ministry. His email is [email protected] and his phone number is (901) 236-9730.
Dr. Roger Duke
Dr. Duke's Amazon Author's Page can be found here: