Doug was born in Evanston, Illinois while his father was in graduate school. Soon after though, the whole family, along with a new brother, traveled out to California where the Bunnells settled in Palo Alto. Doug grew up there enjoying sports, reading, and spending time with family and friends. It was in junior high that Doug’s family began to attend Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. That first Sunday in church Doug heard the gospel and immediately asked Jesus into his heart. Doug did his undergraduate education in his backyard at Stanford where he majored in Biology, enjoyed life, rowed crew, sang and danced in a musical spent two years as a Resident Assistant, and was active in the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church College Department.

In 2002, Doug received a call to be the pastor here at First Presbyterian Church of Bellingham. The whole family arrived in Bellingham to begin this adventure on January 1, 2003. After six months of transition, the family was plunged into catastrophe. Zachary was diagnosed, for the second time, with cancer – osteosarcoma – in his right orbital. He courageously endured a host of surgeries and a yearlong chemotherapy program. Zachary died on December 24, 2004, celebrating Jesus’ birthday with Him in heaven. The family continues to grieve the loss of their beloved son and brother.

The Bunnells enjoy living in the great northwest.