About our Pastor and the First Family
Elder Kenneth A. Duke
An anointed, appointed and consecrated visionary
Elder Kenneth A. Duke had a rendezvous with destiny which was pre-ordained by the foreknowledge of God. Chosen as a proclaimer of the Christian Gospel, he was born to the parentage of Elder Dan and Eunice Duke in St. Louis Missouri. He is a third generation of preachers and was nurtured in an atmosphere of Biblical virtues where he acknowledged the Lordship of Christ and was baptized at age 9. Under the tutelage of his parents and church, Kenneth grew in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like the ancient priest Samuel, he responded to the ministry call in his youth. He was licensed to preach by the Mt. Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church of Indianapolis, Indiana, at fourteen years of age. Under the power of God and unction of the Holy Ghost, he was faithful to his calling and was ordained at Franklin, Tennessee by the Lynn Creek Primitive Baptist Association when he was sixteen. Continuing to follow the divine plan for his life, Elder Kenneth Duke was called to the pastorate of the Good Shepherd Primitive Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas at age nineteen.
After several years at the Good Shepherd church and a stint at the historic Bishop College
in Dallas, Elder Duke and his family re-located to Miami, Florida to serve the New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church where he has been the Senior Pastor for the past twenty-two years.
Building upon Christ the foundation of the church Elder Duke has commenced upon programs to inform, inspire, empower, edify and strengthen the citizens of the Kingdom of God. He is the instrument of God whom the Lord uses to elevate persons in economic depression, liberate the victims of racial isolation and social suffocation and raise them thorough Christian transformation. He has distinguished himself as a spiritual magnet throughout America and is unique in this application of the Word of God for its life-changing potential. Under the anointing he has brought the message of salvation, hope, joy, peace, freedom from fear and aspiration to up lift the optimum worth of each of Godís creations to thousands who attend his evangelistic crusades. His preaching is Bible-based, theologically sound and practical. He is a humble servant of God who is always available and responsive to his congregation and community.
With a vision of the times and the dynamic leadership of its pastor, the New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church of Miami has seen phenomenal growth since the arrival of Pastor Kenneth Duke. The membership now exceeds seventeen hundred; the ministry base has expanded to the securing of a full-time youth pastor, associate ministers, a minister of counseling, an office staff of six, and several full-time maintenance workers. The church facilitated the operation of a major education facility (Pre-K through grade 6) with a full-time faculty and supporting clerical personnel. Excellence is the driving force of the Abundant Life Christian Learning Center which has two components: the Safe Haven Child Development Center which serves children ages 2-4, and the New Jerusalem Christian Academy which encompasses Kindergarten through Grade 6. The current enrollment exceeds two hundred. The child is pre-eminent: his spiritual, physical, and academic needs take priority. These are the factors which consume much of the energy and time of Pastor Duke.
Elder Duke is president and chief executive officer of the New Jerusalem Community Development Corporation, a community based initiative which provides after-school care and a summer program for youth. This corporation also features a component which focuses on economic development opportunities for adults.
If the career of this servant of Christ and his pastoral leadership could be capsulated in a single phrase, ďAbundant SuccessĒ best describes the journey of the Senior Pastor/Teacher of New Jerusalem Church, the Moderator of the East Florida District Primitive Baptist Association, (which is composed of some thirty-six churches and their pastors), the past chairman of the Board of Evangelism of the Florida State Primitive Baptist Convention, and the immediate past chairman of the Board of Evangelism and Mission of the National Primitive Baptist Convention U.S.A. When reflecting on a position which he is most delighted to have served, he refers to his tenure as president of the National Primitive Baptist Youth Congress, U.S.A.
Elder Duke is married to the former Julia Goode who is an ever faithful support and compliment to his ministry. They are the parents of twin sons Kenneth D. and Kelon and a daughter Aheisha.
Evangelist Julia A. Duke is a born again child of the King who exemplifies fortitude and determination among the people of God. She has broken the chains of suppression and silence surrounding the women of God, to courageously proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. With an aura of godliness and a vocal dynamism, Evangelist Duke presents an oral synchronization of sight and sound that brings to life the inspiring word of God. She is a light set upon a hill to revitalize the mindsets of those who aim to diminish the impact and life-changing realities that God has ordained for His chosen people. Not afraid to journey onto uncharted territory, Evangelist Duke seeks to elevate to the level of acceptance women of God who preach the gospel of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Evangelist Duke is the daughter of the late Mr. Alvin L. Goode, Sr. and Mrs. Jacqueline Goode-Russell. She received her early education in the St. Louis City and County School District and also attended St. Louis Community College and Barclay School of Business.
In the year 1995, Julia A. Goode became the helpmeet to Elder Kenneth A. Duke, the visionary of the New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church, becoming a first lady who graciously accepted the roles of first lady and mother to three children, twin sons, Kenneth and Kelon and one daughter, Aheisha J. Duke. Shortly after this union Evangelist Duke completed her undergraduate studies and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 2002.
It was also in the year 2002 that this anointed woman of God proclaimed her calling to the ministry. As the Lord saw fit to entrust His servant with the duty of being an ambassador and an instrument in spreading the gospel abroad, he began to enlarge her territory and bless her indeed. Evangelist Duke uses her spiritual gifts preaching, teaching, and singing praises to the Almighty King. Presently, she serves as Chairlady of the local Ministerís Wives. She is a member of the Ministerial Staff and Sunday School Teacher of the Co-Ed Adult Class of New Jerusalem Church. She continues to explore new horizons which she believes will ultimately draw masses of people to accept the call that God has upon their lives.
Minister Kenneth Duke
Minister Kenneth D. Duke is one of the most talented and efficient young speakers of our day. He has made an enormous impact in preaching the unadulterated word of God. Minister Duke’s inspiring presentation embraces and challenges every age group, ethnic background and socio-economic level as he illuminates the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is through the anointed word of God that Minister Duke has been blessed to proclaim the gospel throughout America, revealing the revelations of God and the ultimate plan He has for the lives of His people. Minister Duke is a chosen vessel of God from the foundation of the world, to impart wisdom, evoke willingness among God’s people to advance in the knowledge of God and lead lost souls to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Minister Duke, a native of Dallas, Texas, journeyed to Miami, Fl. at the age of 3 and has since been actively involved in promoting godliness wherever he resides. It was at the age of 5 that Minister Duke accepted Christ as his personal Savior, and at the age of sixteen he accepted his call to the ministry. Minister Duke is a graduate of the Miami Carol City Senior High School, Class of 2001. He is now a senior at the Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta, Ga., studying in the area of Religion and Philosophy. In Atlanta, Ga., he worked in the capacity as the Single Ministries’ Pastor at the Traveler’s Rest Church in Atlanta, Ga. Where Pastor E. Dewey Smith is the overseer. In addition, Minister Duke has been blessed with many outstanding preaching and teaching opportunities and has had the awesome privilege of speaking on countless panels, his most cherished being with the late Dr. E.V. Hill of Los Angeles, California.
In Miami, Fl., Minister Duke is actively involved with his home church New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church, where his Father is the Senior Pastor/Teacher. Here he promotes a holistic ministry for young Christians. His dedication and love for teaching and preaching the word of God has gained him an undisputable reputation, which he humbly appreciates. As Minister Duke continues to grow in grace and in the knowledge of God, he aspires to reach a higher standard among God’s people for the glory of God and his son Jesus Christ. Minister Duke is a powerful gospel singer and credits his vocal quality to his mother, Mrs. Avis Stevenson Petty.
He is the eldest son of Elder Kenneth A. Duke and evangelist Julia A. Duke and sibling to twin brother, Minister Kelon Duke and one sister Miss Aheisha Duke.
Minister Kelon Duke
Minister Kelon D. Duke, a highly sought after young speaker, abides under the shadow and canopy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like only a trained craftsman of the word can do, he ardently and effectually exegetes the written word of God with precision and clarity, imparting wisdom to the unwise; strength to the weak and spiritual direction to those who would otherwise be spiritually misled. He has been given a mission by God, for the people of God, to reach beyond the social barriers of life, in an effort to surpass the thoughts and expectations of man and achieve the objectives of the will of God for our lives. Even at his young age, he is legendary for his confidence in the word of God, which demonstrate his concept of the authority of God and the love He has for his handmade creation. Nationally known and locally admired, Minister Kelon D. Duke pursues the Great Commission to carry the gospel around the world, to expand in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
Minister Kelon D. Duke, a native of Dallas, Texas, journeyed to Miami, Fl. at the age of 3 and has since been an effective asset in each community of his residence. It was at the age of 5 that Minister Duke accepted Christ as his personal Savior, and at the age of sixteen he accepted his call to the ministry. He is a proud graduate of Miami Carol City High School, Class of 2001. Kelon Duke is a gifted vocalist which he attributes to be inherited from his mother, Mrs. Avis Stevenson Petty. Minister Duke is a recent graduate of the Morehouse School of Religion, earning a Bachelorís Degree in Religion and Philosophy. Currently he has been accepted at Howard University in Washington, DC where he is actively pursuing a Masterís Degree in Divinity.
While in Atlanta, Ga., he worked in the capacity as the Single Ministriesí Pastor at the Travelerís Rest Church in Atlanta, Ga. Where Pastor E. Dewey Smith is the overseer. In addition, Minister Duke is broadly traveled and has had the awesome privilege of speaking on countless panels, his most cherished being with the late legendary Dr. E.V. Hill. Presently, Minister Duke serves as Youth Pastor at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, under leadership of Pastor Lee Earl.
He is heavily involved with the operation of ministry, and actively assists in the cultivating of Christians at his home church, the New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church in Miami, Fl., where his father is the Senior Pastor/Teacher. As Minister Duke continues to expand in the knowledge of God, he aspires to higher standard among Godís people for the glory of Jesus the Christ and the advancement of the kingdom of God.
He is the son of Elder Kenneth A. Duke and Evangelist Julia A. Duke and sibling to a twin brother, Minister Kenneth D. Duke and one sister Miss Aheisha Duke.