Douglas Alexander Sr. - US Army - Hernando, FL
Education and Training Accomplishments:
- Diploma, Citrus High School, Inverness, Florida.
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska.
- Bachelor of Arts, Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas. Master of Theology,
- Chesapeake Bay Bible College & Seminary, Greensboro, Maryland.
- Doctorate, Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida, Pompano Beach, Florida.
Military Education (U.S. Army):
- U.S. Army Training Center and Ft. Jackson, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.
- U.S. Army Military Police School, Ft. McClelland, Alabama.
- Physical Fitness Specialist School, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.
- Primary Leadership Course, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
- Basic Non-Commissioner Officer Course (BNOC), Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
- Awarded Military Occupational Specialty Military Policeman (95B).
- Awarded Military Occupational Specialty Physical Activities Specialist (03C).
- Appointed Chief of Delegation, United States Army Europe Olympic Boxing Team.
- Rifle (M-16) Expert Badge.
- Driver Badge.
Professional or Employment History:
Military Service History:
- Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina
- U.S. Army Military Police School, Ft. McClelland, Alabama.
- 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea.
- XVIII Airborne Corps and Ft. Bragg, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
- VII Army Corps, Stuttgart, Germany.
- 351st Military Police Company, U.S. Army Reserve, Ocala, Florida.
- 351st Military Police Company, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
- Cash and Carry, Inverness, Florida (High School Student).
- Chemical Lime Company, Brooksville, Florida.
- Sports Director, GS-10, United States Army Europe, Goppingen, Germany.
- Athletic Director, GS-11, United States Army Europe, Baumholder, Germany.
- Deputy Sheriff, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
- Senior Pastor and Founder, New Church Without Walls (2001-Present).
- God’s Master Plan For Your Life.
- Highly Favored – Breaking The Rules Success – How To Birth Your Vision.
- What The Bible Says About Tithing and Giving.
Advocacy on Behalf of Veterans:
- Mission United, United Way of Citrus County.
- Food insecurity.
- Transitory shelter.
- Housing and relocation.
- Citrus County Veterans Appreciation Week.
Key Veterans Advocacy Contributions:
- Inspired his congregation to make their church the community leader in meeting the basic needs of food and shelter for Citrus County veterans and their families in need.
- Established and operates a weekly food pantry for food insecure veterans.
- Leads recurring successful community-wide fundraising efforts to sustain his church’s multivariate veterans assistance programs.
- Instituted and oversees program that transports local veterans with VA medical appointments to local VA medical facility; Gainesville, Tampa, and The Villages.
- Supports and complements the United Way of Citrus County’s Mission United veterans assistance program by providing food, transition shelter, and grant financial assistance to local veterans in need.
- Provides veterans assistance in support of the Ocala Veterans Resource Center.
- Secures temporary housing for veterans and surviving spouses in financial crisis and assists in their relocation.
- Hosts and participates in the Citrus County Veterans Appreciation Week Massing of the Colors Ceremony.
Membership Veterans and Military Organizations:
- Life Member, American Legion.
Civic Activities and Contributions:
Civic and Fraternal Affiliations:
- Member, International Police Association.
- Member, International Chaplains Association.
- Member, U.S. Boxing.
- Board of Directors, United Way of Citrus County, Florida
- Board of Directors, YMCA of the Suncoast Citrus County Florida Branch.
- Board of Directors, Citrus County Micro School
Key Civic Contributions:
- Founded the “New Church Without Walls” as a nondenominational, multicultural church where everyone is welcome and that is spiritually focused on “not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
- Organized a local relief supply drive and personally transported supplies to Hancock County, Mississippi for distribution to residents recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
- Co-founded the Thanksgiving Feeding Alliance that provides a Thanksgiving turkey with all the fixings to 2,500 food insecure families each year, which has benefitted approximately 100,000 Citrus County residents, to date.
- Initiated, coordinates and conducts the annual Christmas dinner give away that has benefitted tens of thousands local food insecure families.
- Dedicated to feeding the hungry, he weekly coordinates a semi-tractor of donated food supplies for distribution to the county’s food insecure residents.
- Originated the annual City of Inverness Unity Walk commemorating the birthday of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Initiated and leads the county’s Community Action Group comprised of local officials and community leaders with the goal of developing action plans to promote racial and ethnic unity and peace throughout Citrus County and beyond.
- Serves as a frequent guest speaker for numerous spiritual, civic and patriotic events.
Awards and Honors:
- Meritorious Service Medal.
- Army Commendation Medal.
- Army Achievement Medal.
- Army Good Conduct Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters.
- National Defense Service Medal.
- Armed Forces Service Medal.
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
- Army Service Ribbon.
- Army Overseas Service Ribbon.
- Keys to the City, City of Inverness, Florida – 2004.
- Proclamation, “Alexander Family Day,” Citrus County, Florida – 2013.
- Citizen of the Year, Citrus County, Florida – 2016.
- Man of the Year, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office – 2020.
- Best of the Best Among Clergy and Pastors – 2020.
- Bishop of the Year, International Chaplains Association – 2020.
- Pillar Award, Chamber of Commerce, Citrus County, Florida – 2020.
A native Floridian whose family roots in Citrus County go back to the late 1800s, Bishop Dr. Douglas Alexander, Sr. is a recognized and greatly admired spiritual and community leader, affectionately acknowledged throughout the Citrus County community as “Citrus County’s pastor.”
Exemplifying the ideals of placing others above self, he has dedicated his life to serving our nation, the State of Florida, his community and fellow veterans. A fervent advocate for veterans and his community, Pastor Alexander is always the first to voluntarily step forward as a leader or supporter of community organizations, programs and projects to make Citrus County the best place to call home.
A devoted man of faith and of his community, Pastor Alexander founded the multicultural and community-focused New Church Without Walls International and Metropolitan Ministries. Under his spiritual and compassionate leadership, he has inspired his congregation, as well as the community at large, to embrace feeding the hungry, helping veterans in need, and unifying the community.
Possessing a passion for helping the poor, the hungry and the broken, Pastor Alexander, at the onset of the Great Recession in 2007, co-founded the Thanksgiving Feeding Alliance to provide a turkey with all the fixings to 2,500 Citrus County families.
A dedicated advocate for his fellow veterans, he is a rallying point for helping veterans and giving them purposeful direction through his personal example of seeking out veterans in need or crisis to selflessly offer them a helping hand and compassionate support to weather their personal storm. Among the many endeavors that he has initiated, oversees and supports for the benefit of local veterans are a weekly food pantry, transition shelter for homeless veterans, transportation to VA medical facilities, and grant financial assistance to veterans in financial crisis.
In addition to his selfless and indefatigable efforts in caring for his fellow veterans and his community, Pastor Alexander is steadfastly dedicated to unifying the Citrus County community to live together in peace and harmony. Recognizing the importance of dialogue and social interaction to building bonds of understanding, Pastor Alexander instituted an annual “Unity Walk” that brings the county’s leaders and residents together in fellowship each year to commemorate the birth of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Respected community-wide as a voice of reason and a calming hand, Pastor Alexander formed a Community Action Council (CAC) comprised of community leaders, local clergy, local government officials and representatives of the sheriffs office following the tragic death of George Floyd.
A man of the people and a champion of his community, Pastor Alexander’s decades of devoted spiritual leadership, faithful support of his fellow veterans and selfless dedication to our country, the State of Florida, and his beloved Citrus County community exemplify the credo of “service above self” and merit favorable selection for the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame.