Pastor Chris Duckworth

Chris Duckworth,
Pastor at New Joy Lutheran

I'm Chris Duckworth, the pastor at New Joy Lutheran Church. I'm responsible for sharing God's Word of love and grace with all people, and guiding our congregation in faithful living.

My work varies from one-on-one caregiving to leadership team meetings, from preaching to teaching, from writing to collaborating with others for the sake of the Gospel. New Joy has a passion for extending a radical welcome and sharing generous grace. I am thrilled to be part of this faithful, creative congregation.

I also serve as a Chaplain in the Indiana Army National Guard, and for much of 2019 I will be deployed overseas providing religious support to my fellow Soldiers.

My dear wife Jessicah is a pastor, published author, and scholar who serves as Program Director in the Religion Division at Lilly Endowment, Inc. We live in Carmel with our three children — Talitha, Cana, and Naaman.

Originally from Philadelphia, I'm an avid aficionado of soft pretzels, hoagies, and cheesesteaks. I'm a runner, Star Wars fanatic, news junkie, baseball fan and admirer of all things Latin American.

My favorite Bible verse is Mark 9:24, "Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief!"