Doug grew up in Newcastle, the youngest of four children in a very poor family. Although he attended church with the family, he used his poverty as an excuse to be a juvenile thief. When he was 16, he heard the gospel of Jesus as if for the first time and accepted God’s gracious gift of eternal life. As he studied God’s word, he learnt that his sin hadn’t just been about running from the police as a young criminal, but he had been running from God. Finally, in his 20’s, he understood that his value lay not in living a better life but in the saving grace of Jesus.
Doug has worked mostly in community services and Christian camping, with roles mainly in staff development and management.
He enjoys serving people and the church, running, exploring the bush and spending time with family: wife Kerrie, two married children and their spouses, and two cheeky young grandsons.