Early this fall, Bishop Edgar asked Doug Ringer, a parishioner of St Philip’s Church, Charleston, who is soon to be ordained a Deacon, to serve as his Bishop’s Chaplain for the next season.
“Doug will assist me in numerous ways,” says the Bishop, “especially with parish visits and other traveling obligations. I’m grateful he has agreed to serve our Diocese in this way. Doug and I have known each other for years as amateur triathletes (that was a previous life for me) in South Carolina, and I love his heart for Christ and His Church.”
Doug and his wife of 56 years, Scharlene, have worshiped at St. Philip’s since moving into the Charleston area some eight years ago. Doug has been active in the St. Philip’s healing prayer ministry as well as providing Eucharist to home bound church members. He leads a combined Morning Prayer/Eucharist service at the Canterbury House in downtown Charleston and the Atria assisted living and memory care facility in Mt. Pleasant, each once a week.
Doug earned his B.S. from University of South Carolina and his M.A. from Appalachian State University. He worked as a Special Agent with NCIS for several years before segueing into the CIA, where he was a case officer for 29 years before retirement.
Doug and Scharlene have two daughters and four grandchildren. One daughter is in TX and the other lives on Johns Island, attending St. John’s Anglican.
He will be ordained on January 27, 2024.