Our Testimony

Doug & Monica Levy have responded to the call of God to start a new community in Hollywood, CA. being sent out by their church in Virginia (Our Refuge). Doug is originally from Radford, VA and met Monica, a Southern California girl, while his band was doing a showcase for a Christian Record Label in Los Angeles in 1991.

Doug became a Christian in 1986 and spent the next 6 years as the lead singer of a Christian Heavy Metal band (Overdrive). Monica came to know the Lord in 1991 shortly before she met Doug and was attending a vibrant young church in SoCal called Sanctuary International (known as the Rock-n-Roll Refuge). 

Monica soon moved to Virginia and they were married in 1993. Doug helped Rick Sizemore, one of the Senior Leaders of Our Refuge start Eagle's Nest Campus Ministry at Radford University. Doug & Monica did a one year internship with Rick and took over the ministry at RU the next year. They continued ministering to students until 1998 when they felt led to move to Southern California.

By this time Doug had transferred to a Church ministry position and had begun serving as a Worship Leader and Young Adults Pastor. He has since served in just about every other capacity as a church leader: Youth Pastor, Facilities Oversight, Associate Pastor in addition, to name a few. Those positions he has not held, Monica has: Children's Pastor, Front Office Manager, Church event Coordinator, Assistant to the Senior Pastor. 

They were both on staff at Coast Christian Fellowship in Torrance, CA for several years before heeding the call to Hollywood. That began by helping a friend plant a church in Malibu. Realizing that their call was still to "Hollywood proper" they decided to return to Virginia to reconnect with their "spiritual father" Rick Sizemore and his church. They have submitted themselves to the team of Elders at Our Refuge.

Doug has always felt the call to "church planting" and has a desire to see other's dreams become realities. Monica has a big heart for children's ministry, both inside and outside of the church and is gifted in administration. 

After spending 3-1/2 years in Virginia serving at and continuing to be trained they returned to SoCal to begin this new community in Hollywood/Los Angeles. They both work in the marketplace in addition to their ministry callings. 

Doug drives for Uber and Lyft. 

Monica has an organizing business, click link to see.

www.designyourlifebymonica.com

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