Don McLeroy was born on June 3, 1946. After growing up in Dallas, Texas, he graduated in 1969 from Texas A&M University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He then served two years in the U.S. Army after which he attended dental school in Houston, Texas. While in dental school, at age 28, Don became a Christian after an intellectual examination of the claims of Christianity. He later married, moved to Bryan, Texas where he opened his dental practice and he and his wife raised their family. After his conversion, Don examined the claims of evolution and found them surprisingly weak. He also further examined the claims of the Bible and Christian doctrine and found these amazingly coherent and strong. On the basis of both these examinations, he accepted the label of a "creationist" without apology. For the past 24 years Don has taught fourth grade Sunday school at Grace Bible Church, College Station, Texas. Additionally, after briefly serving on his local school board, he was elected to the Texas State Board of Education where he has served for the past 12 years.