Leadership Bios
Doug Shivers has been pastor of Boulevard since 1994. Before coming to Springfield he was pastorPastor Doug Shivers
of Providence Baptist Church (formerly Southside Baptist) in Ponca City, Oklahoma for eleven years. He grew up in Richland, Missouri and went to college at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri. Doug is committed to pastoral ministry. He loves to study and preach and spend time with his congregation. He has done a bit of writing contributing book reviews and articles to Reformation and Revival Journal and The Founders Journal.

He is married to Laura and has four children, and five beautiful grandchildren. He likes to read C.S. Lewis, Eugene Peterson, Tom Clancy, Patrick McManus, and John Donne. He plays golf and still occasionally practices Aikido (a Japanese martial art).



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Mathew Whitaker has been on staff with Boulevard Baptist since 2009. Prior to his arrival at Boulevard, Mat served as an Associate Pastor in churches in Indiana and Kentucky. Mat has a passion for proclaiming the Word of God, whether it’s in the pulpit, in the classroom, or over a cup of coffee that others may understand "God’s mystery which is Christ".

Mat is married to Clarissa and they have three children.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching movies with his wife, wrestling with his kids, and just about anything outdoors.