Originally from Fort Valley, GA, Rev. A. Donzaleigh Ezell is affectionately known as “Rev Don” and has been the Youth Pastor of Turner Chapel since 2007. Rev. Don is a preacher, teacher, motivator and innovator of ministry concepts that strengthen the spiritual formation of children and youth. He believes that the foundation of youth ministry is about building relationships and understanding that youth provide “current value” to ministry; not merely “future value”.
As the leader of Turner Chapel’s Youth ministry known as “The Village” he strives to ensure that youth ministry reaches children/youth in a manner that speaks to the whole person. Rev. Don is actively involved in all facets of The Village, including mentoring, worship arts, domestic and international missions, community involvement, and promoting academic readiness. He is a team builder who credits the success of The Village to the talented God-ordained leaders that work closely with him.
Rev. Don is a member of the African American Advisory Council for Marietta City Schools. He serves as a board member for the Youth Council for Cobb Works where he is the liaison between the Youth Council and Cobb County’s ecclesial community. He is also a Board Member and Communications Chair for Interfaith Children’s Movement. Rev. Don speaks frequently to GED students, at Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA) gatherings, and often makes surprise visits to band concerts, honors programs, talent shows, sporting events, and various school functions to support and encourage the youth of Turner Chapel and the community.
Rev. Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Shorter University and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is also a talented drummer and actor who enjoys spending time with his wife of 23 years, attending his children’s collegiate sporting events, and listening to live jazz music. He is the proud husband of Crystal and father of Alexis and Antonio Jr.