Our New Pastor
Rev. Dr. L.D. (Doug) Ervin
Pastor Ervin, the 8th of 12 children, was born on a sharecropper farm in South Carolina. After high school, he moved to New York, gained employment at Saks Fifth Avenue, and attended Adelphi Business School; which was interrupted to serve in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam War. After four years of active duty, his support for the military continued for a total of 31-years as a member of the Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserve, including 17-years as a Special Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigation (AFOSI), Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.
Concurrent with his military career, he served 28-years with the U.S. Postal Service; which included assignments as a letter carrier and mail distribution clerk; and 20-years as a federal agent with the U.S Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement agency of the Postal Service.
In addition to Adelphi Business School, he attended Washburn University (BA); Xavier University (MS); Cincinnati Christian University (MA); Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv); and United Theological Seminary (DMin), where he serves as a Faculty Consultant, which includes providing assistance/guidance to students completing the doctor of ministry program. He has served as a volunteer with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative; and five years as a volunteer tour guide at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
Pastor Ervin, who was introduced to Christ as a child, responded to his call to the ministry in 1999, which included pastoral appointments at various United Methodist Churches in the Cincinnati area. In 2004, he was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church; however, he continued serving as a pastor with the United Methodist Church. In June 2015, Pastor Ervin will be ordained a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church; and will assume his appointment as the Senior Pastor at Hamilton Grace UMC, Hamilton, Ohio.
Inspired by his passion for continued learning, Pastor Ervin has authored three books: Step by Step: The Story of the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth; The Faith Journey of Bishop E. Lynn Brown; and Meditation and Reflection. He is currently completing his fourth book, his autobiography. Pastor Ervin, who hiked the Grand Canyon some years ago, enjoys bowling, cycling, horseback riding, and yard work.
Although his roots are planted in South Carolina, he has lived in New York; South Dakota; Kansas; Washington, D.C.; Michigan; and while serving as an active member of the military, he and his family lived in the Republic of China. In addition, he has traveled to Japan; Israel; and to Haiti as a missionary. He is divorced, the father of two daughters, and resides in Fairfield, OH.
O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.