When you see Doug Ebert at the Eudora Baptist Church these days he’s lighting fires! Better explain that – Eudora Baptist Church welcomes their new Associate Pastor of Discipleship, fanning the flames of spiritual growth. Doug will focus on leading their Small Group ministry in addition to the Sunday School program. He also teaches their “Discipleship Class,” which provides a foundation for Christian life. (Some of you may recognize the name … for the last couple years Doug has served on the Flint Hills Baptist Association staff as the “Web Guy” and has also contributed several of our “Coffee Talk” articles.)
Being called to ministry is a continuation of his life of service. Doug started as a high school math and science teacher for five years – his last year was spent teaching on the Crow Indian reservation in Montana. Following that he served for over 20 years in the US Air Force, then capped that with a dozen years of leadership in the healthcare and financial planning industries. This wide experience comes at a cost: “At times I feel more like a migrant than a servant,” Doug states, “this is the 17th place Pam and I have lived!”
Throughout their career Doug and his late wife, Pam, have been active in their churches serving as small group leaders, in choir, and participating in numerous other special events. They also served as leaders in the Boy Scouts program for 14 years, including working on the staff overseeing the BSA program in Europe. During this time, Doug was particularly influential in promoting the “Service to God” aspect of Scouting, and trained young men in their service as Troop Chaplains.
Most recently, Doug completed his second masters degree – this one in Theology from Liberty University. (His first master’s is in computer science, tho’ he also completed post-graduate programs in military science through the Air Force University). It was during his studies with Liberty that he first got the hint God had something else in store for him. Doug explains: “I went from ‘This stuff I’m learning is cool!‘ to ‘Why didn’t I know this earlier?’ to ‘Somebody really should tell others about this!’ Right about then I got this little itchy feeling like God was saying, ‘Great idea! I wonder who that would be…”
Born in Washington state as the son of an Air Force serviceman himself, Doug doesn’t claim any area as “native” but he’s more than happy to claim Kansas as home. When Pam and Doug moved here from Chicago they were members of Eudora Baptist Church, but then became active in Rock Hill Church in Lawrence. Married almost 40 year, his wife Pam was called to heaven to continue her service in God’s presence after battling early-onset-Alzheimers. They have one son, Christopher but no grandkids (“As yet!,” he always clarifies).
So when you see him around give him a handshake and welcome to his new role in service within the Flint Hills Association.