Born and raised in Arizona, Doug is a lifelong United Methodist. He began serving in the church at young age helping with Vacation Bible School, and other church events. Doug attended Northern Arizona University where he studied History, religion and speech communication. He attended seminary at Perkins School of Theology on the campus of Southern Methodist University. While a student he was on staff as an intern at First UMC of Dallas. Doug has served suburban and urban churches as well as five years in the Alaska Mission Conference. Doug has been married to Deanne for 27 years and they have three children. Kallie is 21, Abby who is 18 and Jeffrey who is 16. They also have two dogs, Eddie and Henry.