Who is Chris?

My name is Chris Duckworth. I am a spouse, parent, pastor, veteran, baseball fan, sometime runner, political junkie, and wannabe Jedi in the mold of Kanan Jarrus.

Among other things, I’ve sold church supplies, taught high school Spanish, prayed with people as they died, blessed babies, won a high school state track championship, published a few small things, pulled a burning man out of a burning truck, narrowly avoided arrest in Ecuador, fallen in love, joined the Army in my late 30s, buried my father, deployed, resigned my commission, and battled demons. I regularly serve people wine and urge them to love one another.

  • Appeared on Nightline wearing Bush/Quayle paraphernalia at the Clinton/Gore Inauguration, answering the question of why I was in DC that day when my candidate lost with: “my candidate lost, but here I am. Because after all, I am an American.” ‘93
  • PIAA AAA State Champion 4x800m relay, ‘93
  • Haverford High School ‘93
  • Pulled a burning man out of a burning car on I-95, ‘95
  • Semester at Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile, ‘95
  • College of William and Mary, BA, Latin American Studies, ‘97
  • Taught at Spanish at Kensington High School, 1999-2000
  • The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Master of Divinity, Latino Ministry concentration, ‘02
  • Married, ‘02
  • Father, ‘03, ‘06, ‘07
  • Launched The Lutheran Zephyr, ’05 (After hearing one too many of my opinions, my wife said, “You need a blog.” Thus on May 22, 2005, The Lutheran Zephyr was born.)
  • Ordained a Pastor of Christ’s Church, ‘08
  • Called to serve New Joy Lutheran Church, ‘14
  • Chaplain, US Army/Indiana Army National Guard, ‘14-‘20
  • Deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield. Spent most of my time in Kuwait, but also visited Iraq twice for a few weeks and Syria for an afternoon, ‘19

One thought on “Who is Chris?

  1. Chris, a few years ago on your blog you wrote about Advent and the prayers beginning with “stir up.” At the Saturday evening service at which we have fewer than 20 people prior to the Sunday of our Christmas program, I’m going to do a “Stir Up” service based on Old Testament verses. I’ll adapt what comes from this site:
    http://www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk/worship-resources/item/download/1358‎
    “ADVENT: Stir-up Sunday. The service incorporating ‘The 19th Century Old Testament Cake Recipe…” I thought that a fun way to wind to an end the OT part of the Narrative Lectionary (how I “know” you). I’ll make some adjustments to the NL schedule with Isaiah and then John’s prologue.

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