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Local pastor elected vice president of Natl Primitive Baptist Convention

admin | 2/23/2012, 4 a.m.

On Sunday, Feb. 20th, Elder Kenneth A. Duke, the senior pastor of New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church in Miami, was installed as the vice president of the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA at a special ceremony held in Pensacola. When he first learned he had been selected, Duke recalled, I was overwhelmed. The 52-year-old pastor was elected to the position last August at the 104th Annual Session in Greensboro, North Carolina. My job is to primarily assist the president, he explained. But, I am to chair the board of directors and I am in charge of arrangements for conventions, so Im hoping to improve the basic arrangements for conventioneers especially for senior citizens and the handicap who attend our various conventions. Duke will be fulfilling several roles and responsibilities in the upcoming during his one-year term. He holds numerous leadership positions including being a board member of the WMBM 1490, a member of 5000 Role Models of Excellence, and a member of the NAACPs Miami-Dade branch. However, in spite of his various commitments, Duke prioritizes his pastorship above all others saying that it comes first. For more than 26 years, Duke has led the popular New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church, also called The City of Peace," a local church which has over 1700 members and provides several programs and initiatives including an Education Council, Health and Fitness and Youth ministries. In addition to the vice presidents installation, the NPBC installed Rev. Bernard C. Yates, pastor of Pensacolas Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church, as it's 13th president. The National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA represents churches in 18 states. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com