Elder Kenneth A. Duke To Lead The National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA As The 14th General President
On Friday, July 20, 2018, during the 111th Annual Session of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, in Miami, Florida, Elder Dr. Kenneth A. Duke was elected to lead the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA as its 14th General President—upon the announcement of Elder Dr. Bernard C. Yates’ desire to step down after serving the national denomination for seven years. (Duke had previously served as the Vice President of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA from August 2011 to July 20, 2018.)
The seventh leader from the State of Florida to serve as its General President since its inception, Elder Dr. Duke is the Senior Pastor/Teacher of the New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church, Miami, FL.
President Duke has led his church to facilitate the opening and operation of the Abundant Life Christian Learning Center (The Center). The Center has two components: 1) the Safe Haven Child Development Center (opened in 2001) serves children ages 2-5; and, 2) the New Jerusalem Christian Academy (opened in 2003) provides elementary education for children from Kindergarten through Grade 5. (This major educational facility houses a full-time staff and follows the ABeka Curriculum.)
In addition, Elder Dr. Duke serves as 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 in K-12 grades. (This Corporation also features a component that focuses on economic development opportunities for adults.)
A product of the historic Bishop College, Dallas, Texas, President Duke completed his post-graduate studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia; and, he received an honorary doctorate from St. Thomas Christian University, Jacksonville, Florida.
Elder Dr. Duke is married to the lovely Julia Duke and they are the parents of three adult children, Kenneth D., Kelon, and Aheisha, and the grandparents of three wonderful grandchildren.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CONVENTION, USA
Inspired by a desire for unity and Christian fellowship among Primitive Baptists in the United States of America, the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA (representing Primitive Baptist churches of African heritage in 18 states) was organized on July 17, 1907 at St. Bartley Primitive Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL, as the Colored Primitive Baptists of America by Dr. Clarence Frances Sams of Key West, Florida and Elder George S. Crawford of DeLand, FL. Dr. Sams and Elder Crawford enlisted the support and cooperation of leading pastors and moderators of Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina.
Today, the largest concentration of Primitive Baptists who are members of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, is located in the State of Florida, followed by the states of Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and North Carolina/Virginia.
The public is invited to attend.
Reporter, National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA