Born on August 19, 1954 to the late Herman and Lemmie Vance, Sr. in Livingston, TX, where he attended Dunbar Elementary and Junior High, he then attended and graduated from Livingston High School.
Don was active in school, he was a member of the band and played football.
After high school, he went on to study Business Administration at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX where he attended for about 2 years.
Don met Linda Dewalt in 1975 and they married in 1977. They have been married for 42 years and they have 2 beautiful daughters and 3 beautiful granddaughters.
He retired from Baker Botts Law Firm in Houston, TX where he was employed as an Office Services Technician for 40 years.
Don served as a member of the Deacon
Board for 10 years and Sunday School Superintendent at New Beulah Baptist Church, New Willard TX. He was also a dedicated member of the choir; male chorus and he was also the lead guitarist for this church and the New Willard Community Choir.
Rev. Vance accepted his calling as a Minister in 2005. He served as an Associate Minister at New Beulah Baptist Church and also operated as Associate Pastor at Providence #1 Baptist Church Leggett, TX for 5 years.
He was also a Missionary for The Shiloh District, Corrigan TX for approximately 2 years; until he was named as Senior Pastor of Anderson Chapel Baptist Church, Livingston, TX.
Rev. Vance is also a proud Alumni of Gospel Ministry Outreach Theological Institute, in Houston, TX.
First Lady Linda Vance, born and raised in Leggett, TX.
Sis. Vance accepted the Lord at an early age and enjoys serving in many aspects of the church.
She holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from the Gospel Ministry Outreach Theological Institute in Houston, TX and is retired from Harris County Tax Office after 29 years of service.
The Lord blessed her to retire early to care for her mother and to be a witness to God’s people following two brain surgeries after being diagnosed with Epilepsy.
Sis. Vance strives to be an example of a virtuous woman -- a woman who is yielded to God in every area of her life.
She humbly serves as a women’s ministry leader and her husband’s helpmate, as she has raised two beautiful daughters; and loves three precious granddaughters. The Lord has given her a passion for children and she enjoys being a blessing to the youth of Anderson Chapel.
Sis. Vance continues to aim toward and produce excellence in all of her ministry opportunities. She has a heart for people and is a committed prayer warrior.
Her life scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6,
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Rev. & Sis. Vance pictured with their 2 daughters: Kesha & Christie and 3 granddaughters: India, Christa & Skylar.