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Pastor Donald R. Ponikvar, PhD

Prior to his ordination as a Pastor/Elder with New Covenant Fellowship of Manassas, Virginia, in 2003, Dr. Donald Ponikvar was a career Army Officer.  He graduated from West Point, and was commissioned in Armor Branch, serving in assignments in Germany and in the United States.  He has a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), taught Physics at West Point, and worked for several years on President Reagan's Star Wars program.  During the week, when he is not involved with pastoral duties, Don is a consultant to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, advising them on nuclear weapon effects, countering terrorism, and responding to weapons of mass destruction.

Don was born in Cleveland, and raised in the Methodist Church.  While at graduate school at MIT, he came to a personal revelation of the reality of God and the need for a personal relationship with Jesus after hearing a Physics Colloquium on the Big Bang theory of the creation of the universe.  He committed himself to Jesus in 1980, and became involved with the Officer's Christian Fellowship, an organization serving military officers from all the Services, ministering to military personnel from all around the world.  In addition to being a co-Pastor at New Covenant Fellowship, he leads their Prophetic Ministry Team.  He taught Prophetic Ministry and Healing at Shepherd's Heart Bible College in Fairfax, VA, and is a certified trainer for the Christian International course on Ministering the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. 


 

He is also a commissioned Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Chaplain, working with Christ In Action, a service organization headquartered in Culpeper, Virginia.  He is the coordinator for Christ In Action’s Chaplain Commissioning Program.  He and his wife, Patti, have been happily married for 48 years.  They have three children, all married, three grandsons, and a granddaughter.

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