Born in 1919, Donald R. Fletcher grew up in Korea, son of Presbyterian medical missionaries. He graduated from Princeton University (BA and PhD, English) and Princeton Theological Seminary. Ordained in 1943, he served the Presbyterian Church (USA) as a missionary to Chile and Caribbean Area representative and Secretary of Continuing Education. He taught Biblical Studies and English at university and high-school levels, and after retirement was pastor of a community church. He has published five books, and continues to preach and lead spiritual studies in New Jersey.