Slocumbs reflect on their journey of service
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 Dr. Douglas and Joyce Slocumb
Dr. Douglas and Joyce Slocumb
On Saturday, Dr. Douglas and Joyce Slocumb, who wed Oct. 5, 1963, celebrated 50 years of marriage.

The event at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary was hosted by their two sons and daughter-in-law, Wayne Slocumb and his wife, Lainey, and Robbie Slocumb. Wayne Slocumb works with Operation Compassion. Robbie Slocumb works as the CPO at Boys & Girls Clubs serving the Georgia counties of Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield, and provides training at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Slocumbs have three grandchildren, Peyton Slocumb, Benjamin Slocumb and Elizabeth Slocumb.

At the anniversary celebration, the Slocumbs reflected on their journey of service in the Church of God. They met on the campus of Lee College (now Lee University) in 1962, where Douglas received an associate of arts degree. They married in 1963 and in 1964, left to take a pastorate in St. Paul, Minn.

They returned to Cleveland to attend Lee, and Douglas Slocumb graduated with a bachelor of arts in 1967. He then returned to the pastoral ministry in Chester, S.C., after which he served as pastor in Dayton, Ohio; Lowell, N.C., and Thomasville, N.C.

The Slocumbs returned to Cleveland in 1978 and Douglas served for 10 years as coordinator of communications for the World Missions Department of the Church of God, where he helped to coordinate the Missions Education program. He became a member of the faculty at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in 1988, where his many jobs included director of Institutional Advancement, instructor in Pastoral Care, administrative assistant to the president, assistant director of Institutional Advancement, and director of Assessment and Placement.

Joyce Slocumb has been in education — teaching assistant at Trewitt Junior High School Waterville Elementary School, director of Etowah Presbyterian Day Care and teacher at East Cleveland School.

Douglas Slocumb is currently the director of Counseling and Testing and has continued to counsel many couples and individuals in the Cleveland area for the last 20 years. He is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, professional member of the American Counseling Association, and carries the Church of God Chaplains Commission endorsement. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the Association of Church of God Caregivers, and serves on the board of directors for the Chattanooga Association of Pastoral Care.

The Slocumbs are certified as couple leaders for the Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment and have led Marriage Enrichment events in Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.