Vern Middleton has been a lifelong church planter and missions professor. He served in India from 1965 to 1976. During his time in India he was mentored by Donald McGavran and they formed a close friendship in ministry and church planting experiences. It was out of this context that interest grew to write McGavran’s biography. During the last decade of McGavran’s life Middleton had opportunity to interact with him on virtually every page of the biography.