Statement of Faith
- In one God manifest in three Persons - The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
- In the inspiration of all the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit, and that they are the final authority for our faith and practice.
- In the creation of the human race in God’s image as immortal, morally responsible beings whose purpose is to serve and glorify God. Mankind chose rather to serve self-interest and thus all have sinned, creating the need for individual reconciliation to God.
- In the Incarnation and Virgin Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ who, by His shed blood, substitutionary death, and bodily Resurrection, paid the redemptive price for our sins.
- In the salvation of all who trust the Lord Jesus Christ and the just condemnation of all who reject Him.
- In the work of God’s Spirit in the new birth, indwelling the believer, enabling him to grow in the likeness of Christ, and filling him with power to live a life committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
- In the union of all believers as one body in Christ.
- In the bodily Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to claim His own people and to set all things in order.
Pastor Doug's Bio
I grew up about 40 miles south of Boston in a city called Taunton. Growing up I attended a little Baptist church where I learned many stories from the Bible from many wonderful people. However, I did not trust Jesus with my life until I moved to Huntington Beach, California in 1989. I met my wife Karen in California and we have a daughter, Jordan and a son, Daniel.
I had wanted to go to seminary to train to be a pastor since I was 22 years old. However, raising a young family in Southern California made it hard to stop working long enough to study. It was just too expensive. After moving to Williamsburg in 2003, things began to simplify some. By 2007, at the age of 40, Karen and I were convinced that the opportunity to seminary full time had arrived. My whole family moved to eastern Massachusetts so that they could be with me while I studied at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS). I am so thankful for how willingly my wife and kids sacrificed in order for me to attend GCTS. I was hired by the Williamsburg Community Chapel in 2012 and am very thankful for my years working there. By 2017, Karen and I were convinced that God was leading us to the east side of Williamsburg. When the leadership later decided that the Chapel would like to start a new church on the east side of town, Karen and I got very excited. Partnering with the Chapel in the starting of Eastside Church has been a wonderful experience. Living in the neighborhood makes it that much easier to ensure that Eastside Church is a neighborhood church.
I am thankful for what God has done and continues to do in my life. No one is ever bored as they follow the Spirit of God!