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John Duncan


Rev. John Duncan has been an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for almost 20 years. He currently serves as Interim Pastor of St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC. Pastor John graduated with a BS in Textile Chemistry from North Carolina State University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Clemson University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

Rev. Duncan began CISM training in 2007 following involvement in a very traumatic child search and rescue operation. John has completed more than 25 ICISF approved CISM classes and holds five CISM specialized training certificates: Spiritual Care in Crisis Intervention; Workplace and Industrial Applications; Emergency Services; Mass Disaster and Terrorism; Substance Abuse Crisis Response; and Schools and Children Crisis Response. He completed ICISF Approved Instructor Training for Pastoral Crisis Intervention I & II in November, 2015.


Rev. Duncan also has extensive training in NIMS and Christian Peacemaking/Mediation. He is an approved responder by the American Red Cross and the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. Pastor John is certified as a Fire Chaplain by the American Federation of Fire Chaplains and as a Crisis Chaplain by the National Center for Crisis Management.

Pastor Duncan has been a member of the CREST CISM Response Team since 2007 and has responded to a wide variety of situations as a Senior Team leader. CREST works closely with Fire Service, EMS, Law Enforcement, hospitals, churches, schools and DSS departments.


He is currently serving as the CREST Team’s Interim Dispatch Coordinator. Pastor John has served as the Senior Chaplain/CISM Responder on the staff of Hickory Fire Department since 2010. John and wife, Cindy of 42 years, have three married children and five grandchildren. They make their home in Lincolnton, NC. And love spending time camping with their grandchildren.


John is an avid guitarist and plays in a band (REV IT UP) whose members are all Lutheran clergy. For more information or questions Pastor John can be reached by mobile phone at 704-473- 0130, by email at or by Facebook Messenger (John W. Duncan).

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