Duncan has been the preaching pastor of Gateway since 2010, appointed to the position by the eldership. Prior to this position, he was the associate and worship pastor for seven years, coming originally in 1993 as youth pastor for then-preaching pastor Jimmy Sportsman.
Duncan was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from high school in Mustang, Okla. He attended a Christian university and it was while he was a summer youth pastor in Albuquerque he felt drawn to a lifetime of ministry. He and his wife, Amy, were both reared in the Church of Christ, and met in Clovis, where he was a youth pastor after graduating from college.
Two teenagers – 14-year-old Raina and 12-year-old Josh – complete the Duncan family, which has been a part of the community for the past 18 years.
“Our community will see an increase of hurting people because of the economic downturn. The church needs to lead in giving help for those who hurt.” Duncan wants Gateway Church of Christ to be leaders in increased giving for those in need in the county.
Christian unity is another of Duncan’s goals. A member of Lincoln County Mescalero Ministerial Alliance, Gateway Church actively participates in community events aimed at assisting needy families.
“It’s hard work to maintain unity,” Duncan says, and yet, Gateway’s jumped into the effort with both feet. The church has hosted numerous community events and finds ways to reach out to those in need around them.
Two upcoming events are aimed at community outreach and unity. Marriage on the Rock is an online seminar, led by well-known authors, Jimmy Evans and Karen Evans. Gateway Church will host this free event Friday and Saturday, with a freewill offering received. Childcare can be provided and reservations need to be made so materials and childcare can be arranged. Friday’s event begins at 6:45 p.m., and Saturday’s event is from 8:45 a.m. to noon. Subjects include marriage foundational tools, Finances, parenting skills and sexual fulfillment.
The other community event is an orphan choir from Africa: WATOTO Children’s Choir. These Ugandan orphans will present a musical program at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 15. This event is also free of charge and a freewill offering will be received and donated to the children’s work in Africa. WATOTO’s mission: Rescue a Child – Raise a Leader – Rebuild a Nation. For more information, contact Duncan at the Gateway Church of Christ at 575-257-4381. Gateway is located at 415 Sudderth Drive in Ruidoso.