Doug Batchelor

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Doug Batchelor
Born Douglas Batchelor
March 9, 1957
Spouse(s) Karen Batchelor
Children Cheri, Rachel, Micah, Daniel, Stephen, Nathan
Parents George Batchelor, Ruth Batchelor
Church Seventh-day Adventist
Congregations served
Sacramento Seventh-day Adventist Church
Offices held
President/Speaker Amazing Facts
Title Pastor, Evangelist
Website
dougbatchelor.com

Doug Batchelor (born March 9, 1957) is an evangelist and the author of several books including The Richest Caveman, the story of his early life and conversion to Christianity. His primary ministry is Amazing Facts - a worldwide television, radio, and publishing ministry based in Roseville, California, United States. He also pastors the Granite Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church in Loomis, California. Batchelor is the son of the Florida aviation tycoon and philanthropist George Batchelor and the Hollywood film critic, actress and songwriter Ruth Batchelor.[1][2] He spent his youth searching for the purpose of life, including exploring various religions; while living in a cave in southern California, he found a Bible that ultimately changed his life.[3]

Media ministry[edit]

Doug Batchelor is the speaker of the weekly TV programs Amazing Facts Presents and Everlasting Gospel, and is the primary speaker for Central Study Hour. These programs can be seen weekly on national cable networks. He is also the speaker on Bible Answers Live, a one-hour paid radio program heard on Sirius/XM satellite radio nationally and over 300 radio stations around the world. Some of the stations include:

Radio stations

  • WMCA, NY
  • WMUZ, IL
  • KFIA, CA
  • WSFT, MI

Television stations

  • WORD
  • LIFESTYLE TV
  • LIFETIME TELEVISION

As a pastor, Batchelor can also be seen when speaking at the Granite Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church, which is aired as Central Study Hour and Everlasting Gospel on TV locally and by satellite on 3ABN, Amazing Facts Television, and Hope Channel.

Batchelor has appearances on many documentaries including God on My Side, Secrets of Revelation on the National Geographic Channel, and other shows on the Discovery Channel.[4][5][6]

Views[edit]

Women's Ministry[edit]

Batchelor has openly spoken about his support for the involvement of women in areas of ministry such as prophecy, teaching, preaching and the chairing of boards; however he does not support women being appointed to the role of ministers.[7] Batchelor names the Feminist movement as part of the reason for the call for women's ordination within the Seventh Day Adventist church.[7][8] He claims that for the prior 1900 years the church knew that 'final authority" was the domain of the husband and male pastor.[7] Via his Facebook page Batchelor has even claimed problems began for the presbyterian church when they ordained women as ministers.[9] Despite his view being one that matches the historical position of the General Conference, he has receieved criticism from Adventist Media sources such as Spectrum Magazine and the South Eastern California Conference, who wrote a response claiming that his views did not reflect the stance of the Seventh Day Adventist church.[7][10]

Feminists[edit]

Batchelor's claims his mother was a leader in the women's liberation movement but left because of "angry lesbians that wanted to be men".[7] Batchelor also suggested that the call for women to be ordained is in part is due to the liberal feminsit movement.[7][11]

Homosexuality[edit]

On the Bible Answers Live program Batchelor stated that people cannot be born homosexual and that a study showing that there were genetic factors responsible for homosexuality was biased because the doctor who released it is gay.[12] Batchelor states that absent male or female parents can have an influence on whether a person is gay.[12] Batchelor was also a supporter of Prop 8 and linked the California drought of 2013 to the failure of Prop 8 to be upheld.[13]

The Second Coming[edit]

In an interview with Andrew Denton for the documentary God on my side, Batchelor is asked about end of the world[14]. Batchelor does not think he could predict the exact time or date, but believes the Second Coming will occur within the next fifty years[14]. Referencing biblical prophecy, Batchelor claims that the signs of the final days of earth are being fulfilled[14].

Family[edit]

Batchelor is married to Karen Batchelor and has five children. His hobbies include guitar, scuba diving, quad riding, and racquetball. He has also inherited his father's love of aviation, and is a licensed pilot.

Bibliography[edit]

Doug Batchelor is the author of many books, including:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Published July 31 2002, George Batchelor obituary, Accessed 2008-09-26
  2. ^ The New York Times, July 29, 1992, Ruth Batchelor Obituary, Accessed 2008-09-26
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT2nRSvcuhY
  4. ^ Review: God on My Side - Andrew Denton". Signs of the Times website (Australian version), November 2006
  5. ^ Doug Batchelor on National Geographic
  6. ^ Amazing Facts On The Discovery Channel
  7. ^ a b c d e f .Wright, Jared "Doug Batchelor's 28 Fundamental Arguments Against Women Ministers", 19 March 2010, Retrieved 9 September 2014
  8. ^ Wright, Jared "Glenn Beck and Doug Batchelor: Two Roads Converged", 6 September 2010, Retrieved 11 September 2014
  9. ^ Batchelor, Doug "Presbyterian, Pastors, & Gay Weddings", 20 June 2014, Retrieved 11 September 2014
  10. ^ Kellner, Mark & Garcia, Edwin "After debate, Annual Council votes statement on church polity", 16 October 2012, Retrieved 10 September 2014
  11. ^ .Wright, Jared "Glenn Beck and Doug Batchelor: Two Roads Converged", 6 September 2010, Retrieved 9 September 2014
  12. ^ a b .Batchelor, Doug "Can people be born homosexual", Retrieved 15 September 2014
  13. ^ .Batchelor, Doug "Drought in California - Act of God", 4 January 2014, Retrieved 15 September 2014
  14. ^ a b c Denton, Andrew. "God on my side". ABC. ABC. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Batchelor, Doug (1990). The Doug Batchelor Story : From Caveman to Christian. Nampa, ID: Pacific Press Publishing Association. p. 128. ISBN 0-8163-0876-4. 
  16. ^ Batchelor, Doug (1991). The Richest Caveman - The Doug Batchelor Story. Sacramento, CA: Mountain Ministry. p. 128. ISBN 0-8163-0876-4. 
  17. ^ Batchelor, Doug (1991). To See the King. Sacramento, CA: Mountain Ministry. p. 94. 
  18. ^ Batchelor, Doug (1998). How to Survive and Thrive in Church. 
  19. ^ Batchelor, Doug (December 2000). At Jesus' Feet - The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene. Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association. p. 186. ISBN 0-8280-1591-0. 

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Preceded by
Joe Crews
Amazing Facts Speaker/President
Doug Batchelor

1994 - present
Succeeded by
Current