MVCC Elder Team
C. Douglas “Doug” Farmer was born in Pulaski, VA, and “born again” and baptized at nine years of age. While a sophomore at UNC, playing football, and serving in summer sports camps, he had an overwhelming conviction that the Lord was transforming him and calling him to a special place in ministry. At the end of his college days in 1957, Doug married Anne Howard of Concord, NC. God blessed them with three children-Mark, Beth, and Jeff, and later, nine grandchildren.
Doug’s career includes time as a head football coach, athletic director, educator, youth pastor, three years in seminary, and two years at NC Baptist Hospital Pastoral Care. He was later called to be a lead pastor. He served three churches in North Carolina and one in Northern Virginia before coming to this area in 1981 when he and Anne founded Camp Shenandoah Springs & Retreat Center. He was bi-vocational for the first 20 years serving three churches in the area which now have full-time pastors. He has also served his community on the School Board. His special sense of direction at this time in life is to reach children and youth for Christ before they leave home and mentoring men and fathers to become more of what God would have them be.
Contact Doug at email@example.com.
Michael (Mike) has been happily married to his wife, Valerie, for 16 years. They have 6 children and 7 grandchildren. Mike enjoys sports, music, and traveling. In their spare time, they like being outdoors, which led to the founding of Great OutDoor Endeavors five years ago. GOD Endeavors is a ministry which uses hikes, camping trips, and other outdoor activities to focus on God’s creation and bring people closer to Him.
Since accepting Christ 18 years ago, Mike has served in a variety of areas of ministry which include worship leader, Sunday school teacher, and LIFE group leader. For the last several years, Mike has felt a strong call to pastor. He is not sure what that will ultimately look like, or where it may lead, but his heart’s desire is to lead people into a deeper relationship with Christ in order that they may “have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Mike is currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree through Liberty University, majoring in Biblical studies. He hopes to continue on to seminary after that.
Contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our forty-four years of marriage and before settling in Culpeper, Pat and I have moved twenty times, lived in eight states and two foreign countries. We have been blessed with two children and three grand children. Our son Jeff is with Campus Crusade for Christ in the Military Ministry, and our daughter Katie is on the faculty at Virginia Tech as an academic advisor. Because of my career military assignments and many moves, we have attended a number of churches throughout the world, were I have tried to stay “below the radar” and behind the scenes. When nominated for Eldership at Mountain View, I knew that my “stelth” time could be coming to an end. I wondered what I had to offer? After all, I am a sinner and what talent do I have? During vetting, the Elder Committee reminded me, yes we all are sinners and yes, we all can do anything through Christ Jesus. I knew that the time had come to use what little talent I might have and share experiences I have seen. The Father has given me a number of birthdays; placed me in positions that I have seen and learned from excellent leaders / managers and shown me different cultures all that are joined by the love of God.
After retiring from the Military, I was a television and radio producer / director for a national teleproduction company. Later, I managed a television production company that supported advertising agencies. From there I worked in media consulting then operating my own small media business. I came to faith in Christ as a young boy at a Methodist Church in Falls Church, VA. As a young boy, I have memories of putting on my “church clothes”, going with mom, dad and my brother to church then going out for pancakes after service. We joined what was a plant church that met in a school until we all saved our dollars to get our own building. I remained a member of that church during all my travels in and out of the United States. After settling in Culpeper, we started going to Mountain View when it met at Culpeper High School. I now consider this as my Home Church. This group of followers love the Lord, strive to learn more, serve Him faithfully, and share His Love. I know now it is time for me to “step up to the plate” and give whatever The Father has given me for the service of our church. —Jim Ammons
Contact Jim at email@example.com.