Meet First Lady Barbara duncan

If she were to be described in one word, it would be Love.  First Lady Barbara Duncan exemplifies love each day in rare and sometimes unexpected forms.  She’s known for her contagious smile that warms the sanctuary each Sunday.  When she’s not smiling it’s only because her mouth is open and praying or praising.  Although she has reached the age of 59, she dances before the Lord with a youthful “pep in her step”.  In addition to praising, a prayer warrior she definitely is.  


In her mid-twenties, Barbara’s life had taken some turns that had her feeling emotionally overwhelmed.  Barbara went through a divorce with two young children.  Once she realized that the battle was the Lord’s versus her own, she let go in order to let God.  Jesus became real to Barbara.  She welcomed Him into her heart and allowed Him to have full custody of her life.  At that time, she was working in Corporate America at Best Product, Inc.  During her lunch breaks, she and four friends would come together and pray.  She likens Jeremiah who had fire shut up in his bones.  Barbara was determined to hold on to the hand of her Savior.  

Barbara later met the man of her dreams, Calvin Anthony Duncan.  He was everything and more than what Barbara prayed for.  Not only did he love and adore her, but he accepted and cherished her children, which became their children when they married almost 20 years ago.  During the first part of their marriage, Barbara and the children had the opportunity to travel and relocate with Calvin as he coached professional basketball.  Although exciting, this was somewhat challenging because of the close family ties that she has with her six other siblings.  Barbara is the third eldest of seven children.  


Once Calvin decided to end his basketball career, Richmond, VA, once again, became her home.  She came back and put her hands directly to the plow as she served her husband in the position of Youth Pastor to hundreds.  The youth had their own physical building which housed church services, community mentoring, Friday night Christian jams, and much more.  


Barbara’s educational background is in social work and she has extensive background in all areas of Christian counseling.  She too has been employed for a company focusing on empowering troubled youth to become successful citizens.  Although her professional and educational background lends more towards social matters, Barbara will do whatever is necessary for the house of God. 


Yes, she will even clean the restrooms!


Calvin and Barbara now have five children, Richard (Shannon), Chelsea (Chris), and Azell, and one grandson Richard II – all of which bring them tremendous joy.  In Barbara's spare time, she enjoys eating at nice restaurants, catching up with her family, shopping, working out and above all, enjoying quality time with her husband.



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