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 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 are from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. My older daughter is a Presbyterian pastor, and my younger daughter is a health economist. Both of them are married, have children of their own, and live two blocks from each other in Minneapolis.

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