Doug grew up in Youngstown, Ohio with his three brothers. He attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he graduated with a degree in Psychology having changed from music education in his senior year. Doug and Debbie met while attending Mount Vernon and were married shortly after graduation. Debbie went to work as a fifth grade school teacher and Doug went into industry beginning in human resources and later market research. After four years in these positions, the Lord changed the direction of their lives and Doug entered Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. While at Ashland, they had their first two of four children as Doug completed a master’s degree in theological communication.
Upon gradating from seminary, Doug and Debbie started an itinerant ministry that had them on the road, coast to coast for forty-six weeks a year for the next ten years. Their ministry consisted of music, humor, drama and preaching and was aimed primarily at teens and young adults. While on the road, they home schooled their two oldest children, Michaele and Ben, and had a third child, Caleb.
After ten years of itinerant ministry, the Lord led Doug and Debbie to plant a church in a suburb of Doug’s hometown, Boardman, Ohio. Beginning with six families holding a Bible study in their living room, the group grew to a thriving congregation holding three services each weekend in a warehouse complex. A forth child, Joshua, was born the same year that the church began. New Hope Community Church is still going strong.
After ten years at New Hope, the Lord led Doug and Debbie to a multi-racial congregation in Bedford, Ohio. Racial reconciliation has always been a strong passion for Doug. While in Bedford, the Boquists led their church into a number of creative ministries in the local school system. Doug became very involved with the high school football team as their coach of character development, and Debbie led a mentoring program in the elementary school. While in this assignment, Doug completed his doctorate in spiritual formation from Ashland Theological Seminary. As part of his educational program, Doug also did work at Asbury Seminary, Gordon Conwell Seminary and Oxford University in England.
After seven years at the Bedford Church of the Nazarene, the Lord moved Doug and Debbie here to Lima Community Church where they are enjoying a time of fruitful ministry. In addition to giving leadership to the church and staff, Doug is the volunteer photographer for Lima Senior High School’s sports program, and Debbie gives leadership to the Kids Hope USA ministry in several local schools. They both enjoy reading, bike riding, fishing and great coffee.