Doug was born in Managua, Nicaragua to Christian parents. Because of civil war in Nicaragua, his family moved to San Francisco, CA, where he grew up. Doug began a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as an 11 year old boy. As he lay in bed one night, he realized that he was a sinner who needed to have his sins forgiven and spared of the eternal punishment sin brings (Romans 3:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:9). Doug experienced God’s love and mercy that night, March 21, 1985 (Romans 3:24-26). He accepted by faith the person and work of Jesus Christ and was reconciled to God (Colossians 1:20-21). At 17, he sensed the Lord’s leading him to full-time Christian service as a Pastor. He obeyed the call and began training for ministry at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Theology. The Lord then directed him to Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, MN to pursue graduate school. He graduated with a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (2000) and a Master of Divinity (2004). God brought Julie Oftelie into Doug’s life when he moved to Minnesota. Doug married Julie in 1999. They have four children, one of whom is with the Lord. Doug loves to spend time with his family and enjoys books, fishing, hunting, and football (49ers fan).