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The Very Reverend Dr. Doug Scharf


Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

Tequesta, Florida

The Very Rev. Dr. Doug Scharf is currently the Rector of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and School in Tequesta, Florida, where he has served for the past five years. Good Shepherd consists of a thriving congregation of over 500 active members and a vibrant, fully accredited early childhood program and elementary school of 140 students. After graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2004, Doug served as Associate Rector of Church of the Holy Spirit in Osprey, Florida, and then served for over nine years as Rector of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Valrico, Florida. In 2018, Doug completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Candler School of Theology (Emory University), with a concentration in Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation. In addition to parish ministry, Doug has served in various leadership roles within his diocesan communities and the wider Episcopal Church, including Standing Committee President, Convocation Dean, and two-time Deputy to General Convention. 

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As a congregational leader, Doug has been recognized as a gifted preacher, faithful pastor, and capable administrator.  He is passionate about developing leaders and growing disciples of Jesus Christ through teaching and spiritual formation. Through intergenerational ministry and intentional congregational development, Doug has effectively led the congregations he has served through seasons of transformational change and growth. In his work in the wider church, Doug has sought to build bridges across differences, and is deeply committed to the church’s mission to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. Doug and his wife, Shannon, have been married for 22 years and have three sons, Clayton, Parker, and Grady. In his spare time, Doug enjoys reading, music, hiking, kayaking, and spending time in the beauty of God’s creation.

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