Vincent United Methodist Church
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Rev. David LeDuc

 
Rev. David Scott LeDuc founds his life and ministry on the words of Jesus in Matthew 22: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
 
Rev. Dave grew up in Clark, NJ, one of five children of Richard and Ruth LeDuc.  He attended the Clark Public Schools, graduating from Arthur L. Johnson Regional High School in 1978.  He received an Associate of Arts Degree from Union County College in 1980, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Drew University in 1982, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Drew Theological School in 1985, cum laude.  He was ordained a Deacon in the Northern New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1985 and ordained an Elder in 1988.
 
It was at the Cranford United Methodist Church where Rev. LeDuc was nurtured in the Christian faith as a child and teenager.  While in college and seminary, he served as a Student Assistant for Youth at Cranford UMC from 1981-1983 and at Madison UMC from 1983-1985.  His first appointment was to Linden United Methodist Church from 1985 to 1989, where he helped re-establish the Sunday School program.  From 1989 to 1995, he served as pastor of Sussex United Methodist Church, where he helped lead a resurgence in worship attendance, worked to found Cub Pack 84, and served as Chaplain of Sussex Fire Department.  From 1995 to 2007, he was the pastor of Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church, where he has oversaw an extensive visioning process for the church’s ministry leading to the establishment of the church’s concert series, the movement toward a blended and varied style of worship, and the establishment of a separate hour for Church School for children, youth, and adults.  In Franklin Lakes, he oversaw the church’s three Boy Scout units, served as Convener of the Oakland-Franklin Lakes Interfaith Council, organized the annual community Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Project, and served as Chaplain of the Franklin Lakes Fire Department.
 
On July 1, 2007, Rev. LeDuc became the pastor of Vincent United Methodist Church in Nutley.  His vision and leadership have led the congregation to working on several foundational items to grow their ministry together.  They include Bible Study, re-forming the committee structure for expanded ministry, growing the financial base, exploring the “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations,” and renewing the relationship with the Community Nursery School.
 
Through preaching, teaching, leadership, and compassion, he hopes to lead the congregation to grow deeper in faith and serve wider with love.
 
Beyond the local church, Rev. Dave has served as Southern District Youth Coordinator, Delaware District Youth Coordinator, and Co-coordinator of the Northern New Jersey Conference Council on Youth Ministries.  He has served as a counselor at Aldersgate Center and has been a Mentor for nine candidates for ministry.  In the last four years, he has been involved in establishing and leading a single young adult ministry in the Palisades and Gateway North Districts called ENTRIX.  Currently, he serves as the Gateway North Youth and Young Adult Coordinator organizing events and training for the area and working with the Conference Youth Ministry Team, and as the President of the Nutley Clergy Association leading the interfaith efforts of the community.
 
Rev. LeDuc married the former Karen Brennan of Roselle, recently celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.  They have three children.  Elizabeth is an elementary school teacher, Scott is a student at Centenary College, and William is a student at Albright College.  His avocations include riding roller coasters and contemporary Christian music.