Stacey Simpson Duke
Stacey Simpson Duke is Co-Pastor of First Baptist Church and Campus Minister for the American Baptist Campus Foundation at the University of Michigan, along with her husband, Paul. They began their ministry here together in January 2001.
For the five years prior to serving at First Baptist, Stacey served as solo pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church of Edison, Georgia (affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship). During her tenure there, the church was named as one of 300 excellent Protestant congregations in the nation by a study funded by the Lilly Foundation. The church is included in the book Excellent Protestant Congregations: A Guide to Best Places and Practices by Paul Wilkes.
Graduating with her M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, in May 1996, Stacey was ordained by Oakhurst Baptist Church, Decatur, Georgia, an American Baptist Church (also affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship). She has served in a number of ministry capacities, including as hospital chaplain, children’s minister, youth minister, summer missionary, camp pastor, and retreat leader. Her publications include several articles in two volumes of Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (Westminster/John Knox Press), two chapters in The Abingdon Women’s Preaching Annual, Year A, 2004-2005, and four articles in the October 2000 issues of The Christian Century.
Paul and Stacey married in February 2001. They live in Ann Arbor with their twin sons Rob and Charlie, who are first graders. In addition to spending time with her family, Stacey enjoys knitting, spinning (yarn), weaving, writing, and photography.