Interim Senior Pastor: Reverend Don Fruechtemeyer
Coming Sunday June 28, 2015
Our New Pastor
Reverend Dr. Doug Ervin
Rev. Dr. Doug Ervin, the 8th of 12 children, was born on a sharecropper farm in South Carolina. At age six, the death of his father resulted in many challenges, however he remained deeply rooted in the Baptist church, where the spirited preaching, singing and praying served as major forces in shaping his belief and commitment to follow Jesus the Christ. After high school, he moved to New York and after gaining employment, enrolled in night classes at Adelphi Business School.
During 1969 -1972, he served on active duty in the U. S. Air Force, including assignments in Texas, Mississippi, South Dakota, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Kansas. His military career continued as a reservist during 1973-2000, which included assignments in Blue Ash, OH; and Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, where he primarily served as Special Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).
During those early years as an Air Force Reservist, he attended night classes at Washburn University; was employed as a Letter Carrier with the U. S. Post Office; worked as a disc jockey; and united with Asbury-Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, where his faith was enhanced as a member of the Men’s Gospel Choir. In 1981, upon graduating from Washburn, he began a 20-year career in federal law enforcement with the U. S. Postal Inspection Service; which led to the relocation of his family, including his wife and two daughters to Cincinnati.
During that 20-year career, he fulfilled assignments in Cincinnati and Columbus, OH; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Detroit, Michigan; Louisville and various counties in eastern Kentucky; and areas throughout western Michigan.
During the early 1990s, after failing to answer a “higher calling” in life, he finally surrendered and took action to prepare himself for a lifetime service as one of God’s messengers, which led the following: 1993 – Master of Science (Xavier); 1997 – Master of Arts (Cincinnati Christian University); 2004 – Master of Divinity (Asbury Theological Seminary); and 2012 – Doctor of Ministry (United Theological Seminary), where he currently serves as a Faculty Consultant for the Doctor of Ministry program.
As a life-long learner, Pastor Ervin has served in the mission field of Haiti; led a multi-cultural and inter-denominational mission trip of teenagers to Birmingham, Alabama; completed a tour of Israel; served as a mentor with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative; and an Interpreter at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati).
Since 1999, he has served as student pastor, and pastor of various United Methodist Churches throughout the greater Cincinnati area, including his current appointment at Mt. Pisgah UMC in New Richmond, OH. In addition, he is divorced, the father of two adult daughters - Lisa and Courtney, and resides in Fairfield, OH.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.