FROM THE DESK OF THE GENERAL PRESIDENT, ELDER DR. KENNETH A. DUKE
Greetings in the Mighty and Awesome Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
It is my honor to welcome you to the 112th Annual Session of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. I look forward to seeing, fellowshipping and worshipping with each of you as we gather in Houston, Texas.
We gather during this Annual Session under the theme “Celebrating the Church: Liberating the Oppressed” (Luke 4:18-19). As we explore our theme, I pray we will open our hearts and minds to hear what God has to say. We should not let the theme be limited to a specific group of people. “Liberating” means “freeing a place or people from enemy occupation.” I recognize “liberating” may mean many different things for each of us. Although we live in a country where we can freely worship our God, there are still many in our communities who are oppressed.
Jesus is the Master Liberator and the Word of God is the key to freedom. As a body of believers, we have the responsibility to equip ourselves to share the life-saving, life-changing, life-freeing Word of God so that God’s people can truly be liberated.
It is my desire to partner with each of you as we work to build and strengthen the membership connection of our churches as this will make a difference in our communities and in the lives of the people God has called us to serve. Let’s prepare ourselves for a move of God like we have never seen before as this 112th Annual Session is scheduled to be one to remember.
ELDER DR. KENNETH A. DUKE INSTALLED AS THE 14TH PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CONVENTION, USA, INC. ON MONDAY NIGHT, FEBRUARY 18, 2019
On Monday night, February 18, approximately 700 individuals were in attendance to witness the Installation of the 14th President of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Elder Dr. Kenneth A. Duke, Senior Pastor of New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church, Miami, FL. (The Installation Service was held at New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church, 777 NW 85th Street, Miami, FL.)
Dr. Duke, a product of the historic Bishop College, Dallas, TX, was officially installed as the organization’s 14th President by Elder Dr. Bernard C. Yates, the 13th President of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and Pastor of Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL. Elder Dr. Thomas W. Samuels, the 11th President of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. and Pastor Emeritus of Greater Mt. Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC, delivered the Installation Message.
In addition to having served as General Vice President of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., President Duke served the denomination as the Moderator of East Florida District Association; Chairman of the Board of Evangelism; and, President of the Youth Congress (now known as the Chosen Generation Congress).
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Duke completed his post-graduate studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA; and, he received an honorary doctorate from St Thomas Christian University, Jacksonville, FL.
President Duke is the son of the late Elder Dan Duke and Mrs. Eunice Duke of Miami; the husband of the lovely Lady Julia Duke; the father of three adult children, Kenneth D., Kelon D., and Aheisha; and, the grandfather of three wonderful grandchildren.