Rev. Dr. Douglas Schoelles
Lead Pastor & Eternal Futures Investor
Out of the Kiddie Pool
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Douglas was raised outside Detroit, Michigan. As early as the 2nd grade, Douglas began to hear the call of the Holy Spirit to serve the LORD as a pastor. There has never been a time in his life when he has not known the LORD, although there have been times when he didn’t act like it.
Seminary & Pastoring
Sight unseen he moved to Austin and graduated from the University of Texas. He worked a couple of years for a Fortune 500 insurance company before going to seminary. After graduating from Trinity Lutheran Seminary with his Masters in Divinity, he pastored a church in rural West Texas. From 1995 to 2002, he transitioned a traditional church outside San Antonio into a thriving, disciple making congregation with culturally relevant worship that more than doubled in worship, lowered the average age of participants to reflect the age of the community, and expanded its missional outreach. In 2002, Douglas left to participate in a doctoral scholarship at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Out of his desire to lead a church that impacts people lives, Douglas moved north to Tarrant County in 2003 to plant Church of the Resurrection. On July 11, 2004, Douglas was nearly killed when an unlicensed driver ran a stop sign and then fled the scene.
Call to Concordia
In November of 2015 Douglas accepted the call to be Pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kingsburg, CA. Douglas is known for vibrant preaching, his passion for service to the community, investing in building-up disciples and his commitment to foster a relational ministry.
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7