Rev. Craig Duke is an ordained clergy member of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Most recently, he has served at Newburgh United Methodist Church in Newburgh, Indiana which is a suburb of Evansville, Indiana.
Pastor Craig considers himself to be a man of faith, a father, a husband, a social justice advocate, and ally for the LGBTQIA+ community. Craig has a hope and has fought for a fully inclusive church that is welcoming to people of all races, all genders, and all sexual orientations. He longs for a day that all people are able to marry and serve as ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church.
Recently, Craig was nominated by the River City Pride organization to participate in an HBO docu-series called "We're Here" which follows 3 renowned drag artists as they travel to small cities and towns across the United States, transforming locals into drag queens and promoting/creating safe and inclusive spaces for the community's queer population. Craig accepted this nomination and was ultimately chosen to participate in this show.
Unfortunately, Craig's participation in this show caused much turmoil in the church that he was serving at the time and ultimately lead to him being "relieved of pastoral duties" at that church. Craig will continue with a significantly reduced salary until no later than February 28. Obviously, this poses a major challenge to Craig and his family as they determine their next steps.
Please join us in praying for Pastor Craig as he (and his family) navigates this time of transition. If you feel inclined to donate to help offset some of the family's living expenses, it is greatly appreciated.
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