I enjoy reading. Sadly, I don’t take as much time as I used to, but I enjoy reading—especially a good novel. As a kid and teenager, I would try to stay up as late as possible reading. One of my favorite series to read as a child was The Hardy Boys. These mysteries captured my attention. We have a phrase for a good book that captures our attention—page-turner. I used to get so frustrated when my parents would tell me to finish the chapter before going to sleep, because all too often the chapter would end with a situation that would have my imagination buzzing with possible outcomes.
That is where I find myself today. Quite a few pages have turned for my family recently, and rather quickly, if I might add. Since August 11, we have made quite a few changes, decisions, and moved 520 miles.
If you are just now following us, please know my family and I are excited to be at FBC Jesup. I am excited to begin as Minister to Middle School & High School Students! I am told that you may want to know the Duke Crew a bit better, so here’s some info on us:
I was raised in a Christian home around Macon, GA. Creston Groover was my Youth Pastor. I came to faith in Christ at a young age. I attended Gilead Christian Academy in Macon, and then graduated from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN with a degree in Bible. Misty was raised in a Christian home around Covington, KY. She attended Calvary Christian School and she also graduated from Tennessee Temple University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. We married in May of 2003. The Lord has blessed us with four great kids: Hannah (14), Jude (13), Levi (10) & Gavin (8). We enjoy playing sports, watching movies, and going out to eat.
My full-time ministry experience began in 2005 when I began as Youth & Children’s Pastor at Rentz Baptist Church in Rentz, GA outside of Dublin. In 2008, I began as Youth & Children’s Pastor at Steubenville Baptist Church in Monticello, KY. After 9 years in that role, Steubenville called me to be Senior Pastor in 2017. I have often described myself as a “Utility Pastor”, however, my passion is for middle school & high school students.
A new chapter has begun—for FBC Jesup and the Duke crew. I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for all of us in the coming days. May we be open to all that this next chapter brings. I pray it’s a page-turner!