DOUG AND DEBBIE CARRAGHER
Doug and Debbie are thankful that the Lord has used their entire lives to prepare them for service with Armed Forces Baptist Missions. Their prayer is to live a life sharing the Gospel with the military and to exemplify the love of Christ through discipleship. As a retired soldier, Doug spent more than two and a half decades leading military men and women. Debbie is also a veteran and a former Army brat who loves to work with female veterans and women in the military, as well as spending much of her time helping missionary wives.
Doug serves as the general director of AFBM and is an internationally known speaker. He is the founder of the Wounded Spirits Institute and has authored several books, including Biblical Answers to the Effects of PTSD and Wounded Spirits, A Biblical Approach to PTSD, which has sold all over the world. In addition to his responsibilities as general director and his ministry with Wounded Spirits, Doug speaks at ten camps a year and is known for his skills as a public speaker among Bible colleges (two of whom have made him an Adjunct Counselling professor) and churches.
Doug was born in Putnam, CT and was raised as a Roman Catholic. He was baptized into the church as an infant and took part in his first communion at the age of seven. By the time he was twelve, Doug was confirmed into the faith, and he joined the United States Army five years later. On October 8, 1983, he married Miss Deborah Andrews.
Even though they had both been raised Roman Catholic, Doug and Debbie moved from one ecumenical faith to another and yet still felt like something was missing in their lives. So on December 24, 1986, Debbie advised him to go and speak to the local priest about the overwhelming emptiness. That night, Doug walked the two blocks from his home to the Catholic Church and after knocking on the parsonage door, a woman finally answered. After Doug requested to speak to the priest, the woman simply stated that the priest was busy and she would try to get Doug scheduled in for the next week. Right then and there, he decided that he would never step foot in a Catholic Church again.
For seven more years Doug struggled to fill the void that was in his heart. In June of 1993, he reported to the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. While he was there, they paired him with a Ranger Buddy named Willie Vernon Watson. Willie was different from the rest of his fellow students because he was always smiling and relying on the Lord rather than his own strength to take him through life. On October 14, 1993, Doug asked Willie what made him so different from everyone else, to which he gave his usual reply, “If I died right now, I would go to Heaven!” These words resonated in Doug’s mind as he tried to get some sleep that evening. The next morning he reported with Willie to take an Army Physical Fitness Test. After their run, Willie died right there in Doug’s arms. That same day through the testimony of an Independent Baptist Chaplain, Doug came to accept the Lord as his personal Savior. No one had ever told him that he could know for sure that he was going to Heaven. This chaplain showed him I John 5:13 and then led him through Romans 3:10, 6:23, 5:8, and 10:9,10. After Doug made a profession of faith, the chaplain advised him to visit Pastor Bob Stewart of Hill Crest Baptist Church in El Paso, TX.
Debbie was still attending Catholic church when her husband accepted Christ as his Savior. Nine months after Doug's salvation, Debbie’s father and hero died of a heart attack. Through this trail, Doug’s pastor led Debbie to the Lord.
Doug and Debbie spend most of their time traveling and helping missionaries and veterans as they grow in the faith. They are sincere soul winners who visit with every church they're in and have discipled hundreds who are now in great churches today.
They would love to help you, your church and family understand Christ’s love for you and military missions. You or your church can contact Doug through AFBM.
- Education includes: Th.D., M-Div, MA in Theology and Biblical Counseling, BA in Bible, BBA with a minor in Marketing, AS in Computers and Literature
- Retired US Army Sergeant Major and former church planter.
- Life verse- “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalm 34:6
- For more information https://afbmissions.com/our-director/
- Former nurse
- Ladies Speaker
- Life verse- “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2
- Evangelize the lost
- Educate, equip, and encourages churches and missionaries
- Recruit and assist prospective missionaries with getting to the field
- Assist churches in attaining their mission goals
- Direct AFBM to reach our heroes and families with the Gospel while bringing honor and glory to God
- Write and publish books to help those with PTSD come to the saving knowledge of Christ and help churches disciple them
God calls the men and women of AFBM to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Doug and Debbie’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a ministry partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.