Rev. Doug Sager Passes

Former First Baptist Concord pastor Doug Sager passes away

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Doug Sager, the former senior pastor for more than 20 years at First Baptist Concord in Farragut, has passed away.

Vonore Baptist Church, where Sager has served as pastor since 2013, has been posting updates on Facebook since Feb. 22 when they shared that Sager had suffered a stroke. He passed away just days later on Saturday.

"It seems that God has been calling His most faithful home. We are grieving the loss of our Daddy, Papa, and everyone’s 'Brother Doug,' but we are also rejoicing that he is now in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is most certainly being welcomed home with a 'Well done, my good and faithful servant,' " read a statement from Sager's family.

Dr. Randy C. Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board since 2010, wrote on Twitter that Sager formerly served as president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention and chair of the TBMB's international mission board. Davis went on to say that Sager was a "friend to so many" and asked everyone to "please pray for Faye (Sager's wife) and the family."