Father Douglas Michael was born in Cape Town, South Africa.
He graduated with BTh (honours) Rhodes in systemic theology with a special elective in feminist liberation theology, Father Douglas has been working on an MA Applied Ethics at the Universityof Witwatersrand and heard in July 2013 that his masters thesis has been accepted and his degree awarded with distinction . His ordination as deacon was in October 1999 and as a priest in June 2000. St Thomas, Linden, a suburb of Johannesburg was Father Douglas’s last parish in South Africa where he provided worship services catering to a wide diversity of spiritualties including solemn high mass, evensong, healing service, a contemporary service as well as weekday prayer services. Father Douglas and his wife Vanessa have two children, who are looking forward to enjoying all the wonderful aspects of living in Collingwood.