Doug Church is an American Elvis Tribute Artist (Elvis impersonator) who is regarded as one of the closest impersonators in the world. He began his career as an Elvis impersonator in the U.S. Air Force in 1983. He competed against many other contestants and won annual talent contests. When he went to regional contests, he defeated many US and European contestants and won Best Male Performance and Best Comedic Performance. After leaving the Air Force in 1987, he continued his act across the Midwest. He has done many concerts since. Church also played a role in Almost Elvis. He prefers the title Elvis Tribute Artist rather than Elvis impersonator since he says he pays tribute to Presley rather than imitate or impersonate Presley's act.