Our pastor, Chris Duckworth, moved with his family to Carmel from St. Paul, MN in August of 2013, when his wife Jessicah started a new job in Indianapolis. Almost immediately they found and fell in love with New Joy.
Chris and his family first arrived at New Joy as a family looking for a church where they could worship and learn, not as a pastor looking for a church to serve as pastor. Chris says that his entire family loved the “vibe, energy and warmth of spirit” that they found at New Joy. After their first visit his daughter asked if they could come back again – “Game over!” Chris says. “We knew at that point that New Joy was the church for us.” It didn’t take long for them to feel comfortable at New Joy and to call it their new church home. All this took place even before Chris even considered being a candidate for pastor at New Joy.
Chris is married to Jessicah, and together they have three children: Talitha (Tali), Cana, and Naaman. Each of their children are named after miracle stories in the Bible.
Chris was born and raised in Philadelphia, and continues to cheer for his hometown Phillies. He attended the The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he received a BA in Latin American Studies. He received his Master of Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2002. He has served congregations in Virginia, Minnesota, and Indiana. He is also a Chaplain in the Indiana Army National Guard.
His wife, Jessicah, is an ordained Lutheran pastor and former seminary professor who serves as Program Director in the Religion Division at Lilly Endowment Inc in Indianapolis.
When Chris is not at church or on the sidelines of his kids’ sporting events, he is likely to be found listening to the Phillies, watching football (he enthusiastically cheers for the Colts except for the rare occurrence when they might play the Eagles), serving in the National Guard, writing, or running.