Doug Kinney came to the HCF, then known as Community Bible Church, in 1995 as a member of the congregation. Little did he know that it was God’s plan that he would one day become the pastor! Before coming to know the Lord, Doug was a professional musician & songwriter and the leader of a band called Suns of Jubal based in the Hamptons. Through the influence of Reggae music, Doug became interested in a religion known as Rastafarianism and in 1988 he became a Rastafarian, dreadlocks and all. Rastafarians believe in studying the Bible and so Doug began to read the Bible from cover to cover. In 1991 Doug began listening to Christian radio (WMCA 570 AM in NYC) where he began learning about the Christian faith. In 1993 Doug came to a crisis in his life and he had his “Damascus Rd.” experience where he met Jesus Christ and received Him as Savior & Lord.
One of the main reasons Doug began attending our church was because of former Pastor Eugene McGee’s emphasis on verse by verse and expositional teaching through the entire Bible, which is a hallmark of Calvary Chapels world-wide. Pastor McGee had been praying that God would send a worship leader and it wasn’t long after attending that Doug began leading worship in song. Doug also began studying for the ministry under Dr. McGee and the two of them formed what some call a “Paul & Timothy” type relationship where McGee became Doug’s mentor.
Pastor Doug served as administrator, then as youth pastor, and then as assistant pastor. When Pastor McGee retired in 2002 Pastor Doug was ordained by the church elders and he began serving as Senior Pastor. Verse by verse Bible teaching is a main emphasis of Pastor Doug’s ministry at HCF.
Pastor Doug met his wife Meg at our church and they married in 1999. Ironically, Meg is the Granddaughter of the founders of Community Bible Church, Bill & Harriet Steck. Meg serves at the HCF in many ways; she leads the Women’s ministry, works in the Faith FM office, serves as a junior church teacher, and she is a member of the worship team where she sings and plays flute. She also DJ’s on Faith FM!
Doug & Meg live in the church parsonage with their six children Zebulun, Malakai, Kobe, Tucker, Quinntin & Campbelle. Their adult daughter Samantha lives in Southampton.