Dr. Doug Plumlee Called As Senior Pastor Of Ridgedale Baptist Church

Friday, May 03, 2013
Called as senior pastor of Ridgedale Baptist Church and his family are, Dr. Doug Plumlee, daughter, Hannah; his wife Pam; daughter, Lauren; and son Andrew.
Called as senior pastor of Ridgedale Baptist Church and his family are, Dr. Doug Plumlee, daughter, Hannah; his wife Pam; daughter, Lauren; and son Andrew.

Dr. Doug Plumlee has been called as senior pastor of Ridgedale Baptist Church.

Dr. Doug Plumlee is coming home to Ridgedale Baptist Church. Growing up he was a member of Ridgedale. On June 2 he returns as senior pastor of the church.

"I never imagined this opportunity would occur," Dr. Plumlee told the congregation last Sunday after accepting the call, "but I am so excited to be here and see what God is going to do as we work together. It was so nice to get reacquainted with many people and to meet many new friends.

"We are coming to Ridgedale because we know God has called us. We have a strong love for this church because of all that it has meant to my family and we are excited about all the opportunities that God has given this church. We look forward to seeing you on June 2."

Dr. Plumlee, 50, is married to Pam Burgess Plumlee, a native of Cleveland, Tn. They are the parents of three children, Andrew, Lauren and Hannah.

He worked during the summers at Southern Champion Tray Company and Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant in Chattanooga and as associate pastor/youth minister at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Hixson. while attending Tennessee Technological University, where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned both master’s and doctorate degrees at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

His first pastorate was at Elmburg Baptist in Pleasureville, Ky., where both church and Sunday School attendance doubled. At Celina, Tn., First Baptist Sunday School and worship nearly doubled, he led the church to establish a mission church in Hermitage Springs, Tn., was recognized as 1993 Small Church Pastor of the Year by the Tennessee Baptist Convention and as one of the leading evangelistic churches in the Southern Baptist Convention in 1994 annd 1996.

At Pulaski, Tn. First Baptist, the Sunday School and church attendance and the budget all greatly increased, a second worship service was added, a new educational building was constructed and he again was recognized as one of the leading evangelistic churches in the SBC for the years of 1998, 2000 and 2002.

As senior pastor of West Franklin, Tn. Baptist Church, the church added a part time children’s minister and full time student minister, started a Business Men’s Prayer Breakfast ministry, started a second worship service and the church was recognized as one of the fastest growing Sunday schools by the Tennessee Baptist Convention in 2010.

Community awards include recognition as the 1995 Clay County Citizen of the Year in Celina; Paul Harris Fellow by the Pulaski Rotary Club in 1999, and recognized as 2006 Pulaski Citizen of the Year.

In denominational work he served as a trustee of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home in Brentwood, Tenn., for nine years and has been a member of the Tennessee Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee since 2011.

"I am committed to leading the church to evangelize the lost, exalt the Lord, and equip the saints," Dr. Plumlee said. "I strive to be real and let people know that I really do care about them by building genuine relationships within the church and community."


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