Chaplain Douglas Huff

Chaplain Doug Huff began serving Green Rock Correctional Center in February of 2018. Coming to us from a history of pastoring churches, he felt like God was calling him to a different church having never considered prison ministry. Then, he found the website ad for the immediate opening at Green Rock. After speaking with our central office staff, he shadowed the retiring chaplain and with God’s blessing, everything happened quickly and he is now a GraceInside Chaplain.

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Chaplain Huff attended Gardner Webb University, and graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.   He shares his first calling was to youth ministry, “I studied Christian Education and youth ministry but when I began studying theology, I really loved it. I switched over.  I loved the seminary environment. I did some CPE [Clinical Pastoral Education] and have pastored churches ever since – two Baptist and one non-denominational for a cumulative 27 years. I did some additional CPE at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.”  Well prepared for the position, he has found a love.

“I come to work and try to represent Jesus by showing his love and compassion to people… It is a ministry of presence as well as engagement in the lives of others.”  The day I was here shadowing the chaplain, one of the aides asked me, “What do you think about working with Pagans?” Chaplain Huff responded, “I’m used to it. I’ve been a pastor for 27 years.”  Clearly a man with a sense of humor, he has seen the crises moments, too. “When you have the chance to sit and talk with a man who has just lost someone they love, that is an opportunity, too.  It’s challenging to work with a broad spectrum of religious beliefs as a Christian but I think I’m doing pretty well.”

Chaplain Huff has quite a legacy. He and his wife, Sue, have six adult children. Sue works with hospice and palliative care in Greensboro. They have ten grandkids and two great grandchildren they enjoy. Living In his grandparents’ home on the farm where he grew up, he enjoys taking care of the farm and LOVES to fish, he loves old cars, muscle cars, especially mopars.

A pastor with a pastor’s heart – a servant heart – he loves to preach. We are delighted he has brought his talents to GraceInside and to those who so desperately need his care.