I’m Doug. As far as I know, all of the words I have written (or will write) here are my own (except where otherwise noted), but honestly, I’m not sure I’ve ever had a completely original thought, so take that for what it’s worth. I was born in the Deep South and raised in the Midwest (with a very brief sojourn on the east coast). We settled in northeast Kansas when I was an adolescent, and I’m still here, all these decades later.
I have an undergraduate degree in journalism, did some graduate work in communication studies, and later in life, some theological studies and other work that resulted in me becoming an ordained pastor. I’ve worked in parachurch youth ministry, public education, and higher education, and spent a significant part of my 40s and 50s as the CEO of a non-profit statewide education and research networking organization. I was a newspaper columnist for a while, on the side. These days I serve on the staff at my church, in worship and media.
I “married up” (she’s way smarter, wiser and better-looking than I) and we’ve got kids and grandkids, who are wonderful. I play music regularly with my church band–I’m an okay guitar player, a so-so bass player, a wannabe banjo player, and a terrible mandolin player. I mess around with keyboards and MIDI, but not in front of people. I am a fairly decent woodworker–learned it from my dad, mostly. I know my way around a soldering iron and a circuit board–I learned a lot of that from my dad, too. I enjoy making things and fixing things–my dad’s example is at the root of all of this.
I’m an introvert; I like to think I’m an affable sort. I enjoy reading. I like being outdoors. I am increasingly brokenhearted for the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, and the refugee.
I am a Christian–I affirm the Apostles’ Creed without reservation. I used to have a much longer list of theological things about which I was confident than I do now. I once identified myself as an evangelical, but I don’t have much in common with what many people think of as evangelicalism today, so I prefer to describe myself as a Christ-follower. I find as I get older that I have an increasing level of comfort with mystery in the gospel.
I am quite fond of coffee.