|Jan Duce, Associate Pastor|
I was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. I grew up in a Nazarene parsonage. My father pastored in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ohio and Kansas. As a child I always loved the church, and truly had a great experience growing up in a parsonage. I was always sensitive spiritually, and at age five accepted Christ as my personal savior. Even though I had lots of ups and downs, growing up, I have basically stayed true to Christ to this day. I was filled with the Holy Spirit while a sophomore at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and confirmed a call to preach at that time as well. I graduated from Mount Vernon in 1981 (BA) and then Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div.) in Kansas City, Missouri in 1985.
Also in 1985, I served as an assistant pastor in the United Methodist Church. However, my heart was still with the Nazarenes, so in 1985, I accepted a call to be senior pastor of the Bowling Green Church of the Nazarene in Bowling Green, Ohio. Within a year, though, I married a wonderful young man that I had met while in Seminary named Alan Duce. We became co-pastors in the same place, in 1987, at Bowling Green, after our marriage. We had two great kids, Laura and Samuel. The co-pastorate was a unique set-up and allowed Alan and me to divide time between child care and ministry.
We began our second pastorate in 1995 in Monroe, Michigan. In this assignment, we felt that a better way for ministry effectiveness was for me to assume a staff position according to the needs of the church. Although I served as an associate, we continued to share the pulpit. I functioned as a children's pastor, in addition to assisting Alan in other pastoral duties. I also became very dedicated to the training of persons called to professional ministry. I was the chairperson of the Ministerial Studies Board for the Eastern Michigan District. I also taught in the Bible College Alliance program on our district.
In March of 2003, Alan and I each accepted invitations from Dr. Hiram Sanders to teach full-time at Nazarene Bible College. We resigned from the pastorate in Michigan and moved to Colorado Springs in 2003. In the Fall of 2005, I began working on a PhD. in Religious Studies, specializing in Theology, Philosophy and Cultural Studies in the Joint PhD Program at the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver. We were on the faculty full-time until 2009. In 2009, we were called to minister here in this wonderful church and community. I am on staff as an associate pastor. I continue to teach part time online for NBC. I also continue to work on my doctorate which should be completed in a few years.I enjoy hiking, skiing, reading, golfing, traveling, bicycling and movies. I also don’t like to be too far from a fresh cup of coffee, which is best when in the company of good friends. Most of all, I relish time with my husband and children. Yet, my greatest joy is in serving my Lord Jesus who continues to save and sanctify me by his grace.