Richard DouglasSr. Pastor
Richard Douglas was literally born on a Friday and in church the following Sunday. His earliest memories center around spiritual guidance and teachings from his parents and grandparents. His parents were his Sunday school and children’s church teachers for most of his childhood. This godly heritage was largely responsible for his salvation experience at the age of five.
As his parent’s ministry grew as children’s pastors for a large church in North Little Rock, Richard began to help them with christian outreaches in the surrounding neighborhoods and housing projects. Richard was literally raised by clowns. He had training in many forms of children’s ministry as a way to present the Gospel in an effective method, gaining the attention of many families he encountered.
Growing up in a ministry family provided Richard a Biblical foundation that is still key in his life today. It also exposed him to the harsh reality of seeing the church “behind the scenes.” The contrast of his parent’s “lay it all on the line” approach to sharing the Gospel met with opposition from “comfortable, hypocritical, and apathetic religious folk” caused him to question everything for a season but would result in his decision to follow God whole heartedly and answer the call to ministry.
Richard was mentored in his early ministry by an amazing youth pastor, “Bro. Mike” with a boot camp - hands on training style. Richard was blessed to come alongside as an “armor bearer” when Bro. Mike became a senior pastor in 1990.
Richard and Kasey married in 1993 while he was serving as a youth pastor and associate pastor in his former denomination. In 1997 they and their infant daughter, Brianna, came to Calvary Chapel Saline where they rested and learned about grace in a verse by verse setting. Here they raised their daughter as well as two sons, Kellan and Kade.
Richard was ordained as Senior Pastor in March 2007 where he continues to learn about grace and teaches and serves the body of Christ as transparently as possible. He feels strongly that he has been called to lead by serving as the head servant, and discipling others to be missionaries in their day to day lives.
“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. ....For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory.” 2 Timothy 2:1-3 & 10