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2017-06-28 Doug Sasser


Reverend Doug Sasser has been assigned as the pastor of Northview United Methodist Church. Doug is a native of Georgia. During his earlier years he also lived in North Carolina and Tennessee. While working as a church intern, he spent summers  in Washington and FIorida. 

His higher education work began at Young Harris College in Towns County, Georgia.  Then he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Speech/Communication at the University of Georgia.  His Master of Divinity degree is from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  After seminary he worked in guest services and group Sales for a United Methodist conference center and then returned to his alma mater, Candler School of Theology, to work in the continuing education office.

Doug entered pastoral ministry in the Virginia Conference of the UMC in 2007 and has served churches in Frederick, Halifax and Franklin counties. Doug was ordained an elder in the Virginia Conference in 2015.  Northview United Methodist Church is his fourth appointment.

Deena is originally from northeast Ohio. She majored in music and minored in theatre at Winthrop University. She earned her Masters in Historic Preservation at Georgia State University and is currently a curator at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke.

Doug and Deena began their relationship in a place where other relationships have ended.  Halloween weekend they participated in a twilight tour of the Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, GA. They married in 2007. Both are avid readers and enjoy visiting historic sites.  They are also involved in community theater. Deena has performed locally at Showtimers Theater where she portrayed the mother of Mary Simrnons.  Doug and Deena have two old cats.

Doug assumed his duties at Northview on June 28, 2017 and his first Sunday service was July 2, 2017.