Portraits: Rev. Doug Schlegel

In 1863, the Joseph Schlegel family settled in Wayland, IA. They had left Mulhausen, Alsace in 1854, and their journey had taken them through Canada on their way to the U.S. Being strict Mennonites, they attended the Sugar Creek Mennonite church near Wayland, and Joseph, Jr. was eventually ordained in that church as a bishop. Joseph, Jr. eventually left for Milford, NE, to labor in the Mennonite congregation there and to serve as a church planter. His grandson, Willard, was ordained as a gospel minister in the Church of God (Cleveland, TN), and his grandson, Doug, was ordained as a Minister of the Word in the Reformed Church in the United States on March 30, 2012 in Lodi, CA.

Doug was born in San Francisco in January 1962. Upon graduating from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, CA, Doug enrolled at West Coast Bible College in Fresno. Being raised in a Pentecostal home and church, it seemed natural to attend a Pentecostal Bible college, but during the first year Doug was challenged to defend his religious convictions. Finding that he could not do so was a life-changing experience and was the catalyst for intensive Bible study. It did not take long for those long-held religious convictions to begin to change and, after marrying his high school sweetheart Cheryl, she and Doug drifted from church to church looking for a home. After a short and beneficial sojourn with the Plymouth Brethren, they found a home at Covenant Reformed Church, Sacramento.

Doug was ordained as an elder at Covenant in 1992 and served in that capacity until 2012. For many years Doug considered whether or not to pursue a call to the gospel ministry and when the opportunity to attend City Seminary was presented, he pursued that opportunity as a blessed Godsend. Doug graduated with a BD in 2010 and has served the Lodi congregation full time since July 2011. Doug and Cheryl have four children and two grandchildren and, when time permits, Doug indulges his passion for his favorite (two out of three year champion) baseball team.

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