In 2016, Crossway called Doug as our new preaching pastor. He began serving in September. Doug earned a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007, and he completed his PhD at SBTS in 2017, focusing his doctoral work on New Testament studies. Doug pastored a church in Tennessee for three years, and while in school he served his church in Louisville as a deacon and in other various capacities. Upon coming to Crossway, Pastor Doug expressed his desire “to be a pastor that faithfully preaches the Word with compassion and conviction, instilling a passion for virtue and missions in God’s people, and a shepherd who dearly loves the flock God has blessed him with.” Pastor Doug and his wife, Breanne are natives of the Tri-Cities and graduates of Dow High School. They are the parents of three young children.
Pastor Richard is a Bay City native, growing up in the Lutheran church. After attending High School, Richard was drafted into the US Army in 1970. While serving with the 101st Airborne division in Vietnam, Richard’s faith reached a new level. Though saved as younger boy, Richard found himself “all alone and at the end of his means.” It was then that Richard began to pursue God and his will for his life with a greater intensity and commitment. When he returned to the States, Richard’s renewed commitment to the Lord was expressed in his service to the local church. A high-point in Richard’s life was marrying his wife, Denise, in 1992. Together they have six grown children, Dorrie, Clair, Stephanie, Danielle, James, and Christopher. In November 2008, Richard was approved by the congregation to serve as one its first elders. Richard enjoys studying the Bible, spending time with his wife and family, hunting, and strong, black coffee.
Pastor Doug was born and raised in Midland. Despite knowing about Christ practically his whole life, he did not come to know him personally until his sophomore year of college. Through a campus outreach of a nearby Christian college, Doug was convinced of his own sin before God and his need of a Savior. After graduating from Michigan Technological University in 1999, he began a career in automotive engineering. He is married to his lovely wife Tracy, and they have one daughter. Doug and his family have been at Crossway since 2011 where he has served in various ministry roles. In 2015, Doug was called as an elder. In 2017, Doug completed a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Doug is an avid Spartan and Tiger fan, and enjoys spending his free time with his family.