Kenneth McDuffie was born in 1977 to Minister David and Gwendolyn McDuffie. He grew up in Lake County Florida and graduated from Tavares high school in 1995 and moved to Jacksonville Florida. After a trying, testing, and struggled young adult life there, with no Godly guidance and direction, God saved Kenneth from His eternal destruction, His eternal wrath, death, and judgment all by his amazing grace. Being called by God into ministry in 2010, he began serving at his then current church home at New Jacobs Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Clermont Florida. But it was here He began to question his beliefs and the teachings of his pastor. As he began to seriously study the word of God for the equipping of his foundation for ministerial leadership. The more he began to study, the more God began to open up to him the truths of the doctrines of grace. In 2011 through an heartbreaking event of losing his brother, to kidney failure, God used this event to boost his boldness for ministry to catapult him to the next level for God's gracious purpose. After some personal mistakes extending from the loss of his brother, God begin to show him 2 Corinthians 12:9, how "His grace was sufficient" enough through his situation and his choice of him. It was then he began to study the book of Ephesians and after studying intensely chapters 1 and 2, a life of brokenness, God had begun to faithfully restore. After leaving his then current church, due to the continued theological heresy, he began to seek God for his providential direction. After a few years with just him and God, while he is being strengthened for the next level of ministry, God blessed him with his gracious gift of a beautiful God fearing bride Cherry McDuffie, who shares the same theological convictions, and their precious loving little daughter, Delaney Chloe Sky. Upon being licensed in ministry, he began his theological studies for a Bible college degree at Faith Bible Institute and now has an AA degree in Biblical Studies. He also began his seminary degree from Christian leaders Institute, where he will be finishing his degree with a Bachelors of Arts in Theology, with a minor concentration in Apologetics. Along with school, he and his wife started an expository preaching outreach ministry called, Grace Community Fellowship Outreach, that focused on taking the truth of the whole counsel of God to those who were not physically able to make it to the local fellowship. It also focused on open air preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, to which by God's sovereign grace, led him to a ministry called, Transport for Christ here in Ocala Florida. He was brought on as a Chaplain, where he served in evangelism outreach, teaching midweek Bible study and preaching faithfully Sunday morning services as God continued his growth for Pastoral leadership. As a requirement for seminary training, God led him and his family to Living Hope Community Church where they began to serve in the hospitality ministry. While serving faithfully by God's ordaining Providence, he was nominated and ordained for eldership, and upon his vetting process he was brought before the congregation for a confirmation vote in July 2018, and then moved to preaching and teaching Pastor as desirably appointed by the elders and God's Sovereign choice. By God's orchestrating sovereignty in the path of Kenneth's life, it has caused him to have a passion and loving heart for God's people and sinners alike. This is the driving force for his overall ministry not only for some people, but for all people no matter what race of nationality, status in society, or level of education of all people. He seeks to show and share the same gracious love of God in Christ Jesus no matter who you are, where you are from, or what the struggle may be in your life. He has a heart for genuine, loving, gracious service for God, in this world, and especially where he currently serves here at Living Hope Community Church.
Preaching Pastor Ken McDuffie