Pastor Duke has been the pastor at Jefferson Baptist Church in Jefferson, Oregon, for 32 years. He grew up in Oregon and Washington and graduated from Western Baptist (now Corban) College in Salem, Oregon, and has since earned a Master’s Degree and is continuing work on his doctorate.
Jefferson is a small, rural community of about 2200 people. The church has grown to an average attendance of 1300 people in four weekend Services. In the last seven years Jefferson Baptist has had the joy of starting three daughter churches: AGAPE Family Fellowship in Albany, Turning Point Com. Church in Turner, and Doxology in Corvallis, with a fourth due to begin in September, 2008.
Pastor Duke attributes the growth of the church to the emphasis on prayer. In 1989 he attended his first Pastors’ Prayer Summit and has since modeled and preached the importance of individual and corporate prayer. He has had the opportunity to speak throughout the United States as well as travel overseas to speak and participate in several Prayer Seminars and Prayer Walking Journeys. He has written articles for Moody Monthly, Leadership Journal and Pray! Magazine, and has written a book, entitled Prayer Quest. He also speaks on a daily radio program.
Dee and his wife Patty have been married for 38 years and have eight children: five who are married, two in college, and one serving as a missionary in Liberia, West Africa. They have eight grandchildren. They live in a 100-year old house near Jefferson, Oregon, and Dee enjoys fishing and hunting, running marathons, as well as restoring old cars.
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