Douglas Crockett, pastor

Both practical and spiritual, Pastor Douglas Crockett of Highland Springs United Methodist Church is not only a pastor but a practicing attorney. Both aspects are constantly at work, whether he's preaching to his congregation or helping his clients at his own law practice.

Crockett grew up worshiping Baptist at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in his hometown of Ivanhoe, Va. While studying at Emory and Henry College, he became acquainted with the United Methodist Church on campus and met his wife Rita, who is United Methodist. After graduating and moving away from home he began attending a Methodist Church with his friends and decided to transfer his membership.

After graduating and taking his first salaried job, Crockett decided to take a leap of faith and study at Gammon Theological Seminary. During the process of being ordained in the United Methodist Church, Crockett decided to take a break to follow another passion. He then studied law at the Marshall-Wythe Law School at the College of William and Mary.

Crockett and his wife Rita have lived in Williamsburg since 1995, and he began at Highland Springs UMC in 2011. Crockett opened up his own law practice in Highland Springs in 2014 and handles both civil and criminal litigation, document drafting and estate planning.

Crockett balances both his spiritual and practical side while being both a pastor and an attorney, but at times they do overlap, he said.

“To me the practice of faith is also extremely practical,” Crockett said. “I am acting in a practical manner in my practice of faith in the church. It may not be obvious to people, but it is nonetheless present.

“I try to keep my congregation engaged during worship and in the church in various ways,” Crockett said. “I preach, propose and lead programs. I try to model commitment to motivate members to stay engaged at church. I am not perfect, but I do what I can to live up to the great challenge of salvation. Once we have reached salvation, it is up to us to use it wisely.”

He feels that he has a great treasure in his congregation. He loves people and would like all people regardless of race, color, religion or creed to come and receive that treasure, he said. The congregation welcomes all to any event, especially worship, Crockett said.

In his free time, Crockett enjoys playing golf, playing bass guitar, writing, spending time with his wife, his two children – Justin, 31, and Brianna, 29 – and his grandchild.

Crockett believes that authentic church membership, or faithful Christian living, is not easy but that God gives everyone all they can handle and also enables them to handle it.
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A 54-year-old Kansas man was struck and killed by a car while attempting to cross West Broad Street near Bethlehem Road in the Near West End at about 10:30 p.m., July 19.

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Henrico Police warn citizens to ‘Take it, Lock it or Lose it’


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Police are handing out and posting fliers and putting message boards in neighborhoods to educate residents.

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Glover to be inducted posthumously into Babe Ruth Hall of Fame


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Henricus Historical Park will present “Colonial Crimes and Punishments,” an event that will focus on the systems of criminal punishments enacted by the English colonists and Powhatan Indians, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The English crimes and punishments will be based on the 1612 Laws Divine, Moral, and Martial as well as new Virginia laws after martial law ends, especially those for women, children and families. The Powhatan crime and punishments are based on written English accounts and native traditions. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in both trials and punishments. For ages seven and older. Admission is $6 to $8; Patrons are free. For details, visit http://www.henricus.org. Full text

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