About Doug


In January 2014 I became pastor of the International Protestant Church of Zürich and embarked on one of the biggest adventures of my life. It’s not that my life had been empty and meaningless before my move to Switzerland; it’s that this latest adventure has been rewarding and challenging in ways I could not have imagined.

On my first day at IPC I knew that I had a story to tell, and I talked my publisher into publishing that story. The book is now finished and available from Amazon or my publisher.

I have been a writer ever since fifth grade when I won second prize in a “prose and poetry” competition and got 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 New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, and Florida. I did my undergraduate work in philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I received my master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

I am a husband, father, and grandfather. My older daughter is an associate pastor at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, and my younger daughter is a Ph.D. student in health economics at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Both of them are married and live too far away.

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