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Rev. Doug Hodges
The Rev. Doug Norwood Hodges has served the United Church of Christ of Fredericksburg since June 2007. Doug is part of the Fredericksburg Interfaith Leaders. He also worked on Virginia Organizing’s “School to Prison Pipeline” project and served as Chair of the Potomac Association (United Church of Christ) Social Action Committee.
Doug received his BA from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and his M-Div from Eastern (now Palmer) Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to his call to United Church of Christ of Fredericksburg, Doug served as a Pastor in Westland, MI; Springfield, IL; Radcliff, KY and Franklin County, PA. He also worked with the National Aids Hotline in Durham, NC and served as Coordinator of Chaplains and Special Ministries for the Pennsylvania Council of Churches.
Doug also served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA in Westland, MI, the Red Cross in Hardin County, KY and Habitat for Humanity in Franklin County, PA. He is the co-founder of First Step, a program to aid victims of domestic violence in Wayne County, MI and the founder of North Hardin Hope, a program to provide emergency aid to people in need in Radcliff, KY.
Doug remarried after his first wife died of ALS. He now lives in Woodbridge with Ann and their two Yorkies. His adult daughter (Heatherly) lives in White Flint, MD.
Doug is also a sculptor and playwright. Many of his sculptures have been shown in galleries in Georgetown Washington, D.C., Greencastle, PA and locally in Fredericksburg. In 2015, the Fredericksburg Theatre Ensemble produced his play, "Daughter of Job." The play is the, sometimes humorous, faith journey of a young woman with ALS and her husband, a minister. It is loosely based on the Book of Job. He is also working on a second play about a lynching that occurred in his home town of Valdosta, GA.
Peter Fields has captivated audiences in the U.S. and Europe with his mastery of diverse musical styles and unique approach to guitar techniques. In addition to his sophisticated original compositions, his repertoire ranges from classical guitar, Jazz, and Latin music masterpieces, to extraordinary arrangements of R & B classics, and interpretations of ethnic music from various parts of the world. He can be heard on numerous recording projects on Polygram and various independent labels, and on television programs for Fox, National Geographic, Discovery Channels and others. His performances as finalist in the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival and the National Guitar Championships and the winning of first prize in the Mid - Atlantic song contest established his position as a fresh, new voice in the world of virtuoso guitar music. He has composed scores for film and received commissions from choreographers to create original music for the ballet and modern dance. Most recently he collaborated with the noted Pakistani choreographer Tehreema Mitha on a cross-cultural project for her dance company. He has performed on the Washington Chamber Symphony recitalist series, released an album of his compositions entitled Solo Guitar Music, which was selected as best acoustic album of the year by Northern Virginia Rhythm, and been nominated as Best Jazz Instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association.
In January of 2003 Peter released Stillness of the Heart, an evocative collection of compositions for classical guitar which has received rave reviews and airplay throughout the country. Peter’s melodies are beautifully complimented by the virtuoso keyboards of John Drymon and the visionary percussion of Grammy nominated artist Raphael Cruz. Eleven songs from Stillness of the Heart were chosen to be included in a compilation called Guitar Escapes, released through a national retail chain in 140 locations in 15 states.
Throughout the last decade Peter has become increasingly concerned with, and active in creating sustainable communities. He held elected office on the Stafford County, Virginia Board of Supervisors from 2000-2007. He also served on the Stafford County Planning Commission and Board of Directors of Virginians for the Arts.