Bishop Samuel Duncan, Jr.
In June of 1992, Bishop Samuel Duncan, Jr. and Evangelist Dorothy L. Duncan were installed as Pastor and First Lady of the Lansing Church of God in Christ (Lansing COGIC). At the time, the church had weathered several storms and its image and spiritual fervency was weakened. While in prayer, it was revealed to Pastor Duncan that the Lord would do a new thing at the Lansing COGIC. But in order for this declaration to become a reality, there had to be a new way of thinking and a renewed faith that believed God had not forsaken the Lansing COGIC. Thus, New Faith Ministries came into existence, along with a renewed faith that God would rebuild, reestablish, and restore Lansing COGIC to its days of glory. New Faith Ministries was not and is not an attempt to replace the rich heritage of the Mother Church, but the unfolding of a new cutting edge ministry that the Lord established to preach the GOSPEL with BOLDNESS.
In 1993, Bishop Duncan sent out a distress call to reach people, children, mothers, and fathers who were crying out for assistance; who were dying – not knowing Jesus Christ as their Savior. The Lansing COGIC launched S.O.S. (Save One Soul), in an effort to double the church membership by reaching the lost. Under Elder Duncan’s leadership, the membership has grown; church boards, missionaries, and auxiliaries are functioning; the choir is rejuvenated; the pulpit is filled with ministers; and our weekly services have grown. In addition, the church was renovated. A new 9,400 square feet addition, consisting of administrative offices, conference room, nursery, computer lab, classrooms, bookstore, and additional restrooms was completed in 1998.
In 1996, Bishop Duncan was appointed the Superintendent of the Charles Harrison Mason District within the Michigan Southwest Third Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction under the leadership of the late Bishop Marvin C. Pryor. He became an Administrative Assistant in 1996 and served as the First Administrative Assistant to Bishop Pryor from 2007 until Bishop Pryor’s death on February 22, 2010.
At a meeting with SW3 following the Homegoing Celebration of Bishop Pryor, the International Presiding Bishop of the Church of God In Christ, his Grace, the Most Reverend Charles Edward Blake, Sr. appointed Bishop Duncan as the Chairman of the Administrative Assistants. In the Spirit of Excellence of which we had become accustomed, Bishop Duncan was the only man to stand when the request was made for those who desired to become the Bishop of SW3.
His Grace, the Most Reverend Charles Edward Blake, Sr. served as the Interim Jurisdictional Prelate from February 22 until May 15 at which time the Administrative Assistant Samuel Duncan, Jr. was appointed as the Bishop-Designate of SW3 in a special service presided over by the First Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God In Christ, the Right Reverend Phillip Aquilla Brooks of Detroit, Michigan. This service was held at the conclusion of the Annual Bishop Marvin C. Pryor Leadership Academy. Bishop Duncan was consecrated to the Bishopric of the Church of God In Christ on Monday, November 15, 2010 at the 103rd Annual Holy Convocation held in Saint Louis, Missouri.
After a distinguished career with the State of Michigan as a Certified Public Accountant, Bishop Duncan was able to take early retirement to devote full time to ministry. He has prophesied that the half has not been told about the future success of SW3.
Bishop Duncan is the loving husband of the lovely, gifted and anointed Evangelist Dorothy L. Duncan and proud father of two: Elder Samuel IV (Benita) Duncan and Sister Shayla (Sheldon) Thomas. He has four grandchildren.
On a professional note, Bishop Duncan is a Certified Public Accountant and retired from the State of Michigan serving in that role. He is a member of numerous boards and councils. However, he is most proud of the fact that he has been happily married to Evangelist Dorothy L. Duncan since July 1, 1972, and is the father of Elder Samuel IV (Benita) and Shayla (Sheldon) Thomas. He has four grandchildren, two boys and two girls.