Doug has served on the General Board, the Administrative Committee and the Executive Committee of the Disciples of Christ denomination. He was a member of the denominational Visioning Panel in 1993, and a member of the denominational Task Force on the Question of the Participation of Gay and Lesbian Persons in the life of the Church from 1999 – 2001 representing the traditional perspective . Doug served as Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest (Texas and New Mexico) from 1996-1998. He has also served as the Moderator of the Coastal Plains Area (Houston) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest (1985-87). Twice he has served on the search committee for the Regional Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest, chairing it in 1997. Doug chaired the Regional Task Force on Mission and Structure in 1995, and again in 2003. And at the October 2003 General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, Doug was elected a Vice Moderator of the denomination for a two year term.
Doug was an original member of the steering committee of the Houston Campaign for the Homeless, chairing the allocations committee in 1992-93. This was a collaborative effort between the United Way and the Religious Community of Houston to address the needs of the homeless. In Amarillo, Doug was the co-founder of a similar effort, The Christian Campaign for the Homeless. This effort to raise the community’s awareness of the homeless in their midst and to network resources, both financial and volunteer, with effective ministries meeting the needs of the homeless, continues to grow in Amarillo each year.