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New pastor at Central Church

Doug Handlong

From midnight baseball games and salmon fishing in Anchorage, Alaska, Rev. Doug Handlong has returned to his home state of Arizona where he is very much aware of hot steering wheels and searching for shade in parking lots.

After serving Anchor Park United Methodist Church in Anchorage for five years, Handlong answered the call of Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, to come home to be its head pastor. The church is located at 1875 N. Central Ave.

Meet Handlong and his wife, Deanne, and their three children Sunday mornings at the 8, 9 or 11 a.m. service. For more information, call 602-258-8048 or visit

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