Doug came to Christ at the age of six at a Baptist church in Memphis, TN through the influence of godly parents. They shared Christ with him verbally and, more importantly, through their life witness before him.
Doug and his family moved from Memphis, TN to Jacksonville, FL in 1966 and in 1969 they became members of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL. During his high school years, Doug became more committed in his walk and life with Christ. When he graduated from high school, he was not yet called into the ministry, so he attended a junior college with the desire to work for the fire marshal’s office in the State of Florida. But God had other plans and, in a church worship service led by Dr. Adrian Rodgers in 1973, Doug received his call into the ministry and immediately redirected his career and studies. He attended Samford University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Then he enrolled in the New Orleans Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree, with a major in Adult Education.
Doug has been married to his wife, Renee, for 35 years and they have three boys: Jonathan, David, and Timothy. In 1984 God led Doug to join the staff at First Baptist Church Jacksonville. He remained there until 2006 and left as the Assistant Pastor of Church Administration. Doug joined the staff at First Baptist Church Naples in 2008 as the Associate Pastor of Church Administration. Doug is also pursuing his doctorate degree in leadership through the New Orleans Seminary.
His vision for the ministry at First Baptist Church Naples is that everything will be done with excellence and with a focus of leading others to Christ. Organization just for the sake of having something structured is never his goal for it should never become an obstacle or hindrance. His focus and goal for administration is eternal as all things are set in order so that people can hear the Word of God clearly and come to know Him as Lord and Savior and for spiritual growth to take place.
Doug’s life and ministry verse is:
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)