Don Hazelwood

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Don Hazelwood served as senior pastor of a church plant for over eleven years. During that intense season, with his whole family involved in the ministry, the message of generational reconciliation and the emergence of a Benjamin generation was born. He is currently serving on staff at Freedom Outpost Houston and mentoring several young adult groups. Don and his wife, Cheri, have been married for over thirty-two years and have two Benjamins’ of their own, Joshua and Halee.

Biographical Overview

Don is the author of the “Not Unless You Bring Benjamin” message…a movement of generational reconciliation that empowers the next generation. He currently serves on staff at Freedom Outpost Houston and mentors several young adult groups. His mission is to equip others with the good news of the Kingdom and support the manifestation of Kingdom life in their sphere of influence. Don’s desire is to be used by the Lord to bring revelation to His end-time army. He likes the rewarding process of building generationally and the prophetic quest to understand the transitions ahead of us as well as helping young adults understand their journey and purpose in God’s Kingdom.
I grew up in Louisiana with great Christian parents and encountered the Lord at a very young age. After high school I went off to college, where I left my faith behind and entered a season of living for myself and reaping the harvest of that kind of mindset.

During that time I worked in the oil and gas industry and started several businesses. In 1982, in the middle of my mess, I began to awaken again to God’s call on my life. Eventually, I returned to the community of believers, met my wife of now thirty-two years, and began to serve in a local church.

In 1998, after spending twenty-five years in the oil and gas industry, I was called out of a local church, in which I had served for fifteen years, to start a church plant. With my wife, Cheri, and our two young children, Joshua and Halee, we entered full-time ministry. I served as senior pastor of that church plant for over eleven years. For several years I also served as the Ministerial Alliance President for our area. We were able to grasp some real kingdom vision together. I had the honor of being a founding board member of a community assistance and restoration ministry that is still thriving today.

During that intense season, with my whole family involved in the ministry, our life message of generational reconciliation and the emergence of a Benjamin generation was born. The phrase “not unless you bring Benjamin” began to rattle in my head and I knew the Lord wanted to use us to commission a radical young generation. Instead of being children of our sorrows, we would rename them as Jacob did at the birth of Benjamin and call them children of the Father’s right hand.

After pastoring, I felt called to full-time care of my elderly mother who came to live with us. She was experiencing some dementia and that really limited our interaction with others for several years, until her passing at our home at ninety-two years of age. We now know as a family that this season was a part of God’s plan for us to not only love and care for Mom, but also to give us more insight into the generational message. There is a great need for us to discover the full blessing in honoring our fathers and mothers.

I am currently serving on staff at Freedom Outpost Houston and mentoring several young adult groups that meet weekly. It is my desire to empower them with the message of the gospel of the kingdom and to see them equipped to manifest kingdom life with power. I am convinced we will have no lasting impact if we avoid the sometimes painful but very rewarding process of building generationally. Israel had its own Dark Age of 350 years recorded in the Book of Judges which states “another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord, nor the work which He had done for Israel.” (NKJV) An end-time army is emerging but they will need the relational piece to help disciple and encourage them. This is what the “Benjamin message” is all about.