About Doug


After several years as senior pastor of the International Protestant Church in Zürich, Switzerland, I retired and now live near Holland, Michigan. My latest book, The Truth About Who We Are, written in the form of a letter to my grandchildren, is available from Amazon or the publisher.

I have been a writer since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” competition and was asked to read my entry at an all-school assembly.  I’m also a pastor, as I mentioned, and over the course of nearly 40 years I have served churches in Illinois, Michigan, Florida, and Switzerland. My undergraduate work was in philosophy at Calvin University (formerly Calvin College) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My master’s and doctoral degrees came from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. My older daughter is Presbyterian pastor in Minneapolis, and my younger daughter is a health economist in Seattle.  Both of them are married and live too far away.

(Photo credit: Brooke Collier of Brooke Collier Photo.)