As an ordained pastor of 32 years in the Christian Churches (non-denominational), Doug has coached and counseled couples, families, and individuals in almost every life challenge, transition and conflict. He teaches classes on Parenting, Boundaries, Communication and Conflict Resolution. He also has a great deal of experience in addiction and recovery counseling. He has ministered full time in various churches in Oregon and planted a church in Los Banos, CA, through Stadia: New Church Strategies. He is currently the senior pastor at Valley Christian Church in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Doug has a passion for helping Christians work through their relational challenges by teaching and modeling biblically grounded communication principles and skills. His desire is for Christians to learn and practice the Biblical ideal of “speaking the truth in love” in order to grow in their relationship with God and with others (Ephesians 4:15).
In conflict coaching and mediation, Doug practices in the following areas:
- Churches: Staff, Leadership and Members
- Para-Church and Non-Profit
- Church and Para-Church Interventions
- Marriage and Family
Education and Credentials
Doug is a professionally trained mediator and is a certified Christian Conciliator™ through Peacemaker Ministries. He was trained in secular mediation through Clackamas County Resolution Services where he also served as a volunteer mediator for 2 years. He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies and Preaching at Puget Sound Christian College and his Masters in Theology and Philosophy from Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois. He is also a certified instructor in both Couples and Core Communications through Interpersonal Communications Programs, Inc. He has written and teaches a communication skills seminar designed specifically for Christians called iti Christian Communication. (Besides the letter symbolism, iti stands for “Eye to Eye.”)
Doug became a Christian 38 years ago at Canby Christian Church in Canby, Oregon. He’s been married for 34 years to Lisa (the preacher’s daughter!) and together they have raised 2 boys who now have families of their own. Doug enjoys reading, computer gaming and ship model building. Lisa volunteers for OFASA (Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals) so the Marshalls always have extra animals on the premises. Anyone want to adopt? They also enjoy camping and spending time with their grandkids.