VAN ALSTYNE — Douglas Deuel will take on his new role as pastor of First Christian Church in Van Alstyne on Aug. 1.

Deuel earned his doctoral degree in theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His degree is in preaching and his minor was counseling.

Deuel has served Disciples of Christ churches in Missouri, North Carolina and Texas. Most recently, he served for eight years as the senior minister of First Christian Church in Plano.

Deuel has worked extensively with Habitat for Humanity both in the United States and abroad. He has taken mission teams to work in Mexico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Honduras, India and Ecuador. In 2012, Dr. Deuel was awarded the William Jewell College Humanitarian Award for his commitment to serving others to create a more compassionate and just world.

Deuel published series of sermons for Lent and Easter in his book, “Returning to God.”

Deuel is married to Mellony Deuel and they have three children.