The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston, Rector
Fr. Duncan became St Paul’s eleventh Rector in 2017. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1993 and spent the first ten years of his ministry in the UK. He served as a parish priest in Central England, before becoming the Diocesan Officer for Evangelism in the Diocese of Peterborough, where he was responsible for training and leading in church growth for 350 parishes. His final calling before relocating to the US was in the Northeast of England, where he as the Diocesan Missioner in the Diocese of Durham, he resourced 250 parishes in outreach to their local communities.
As a priest in the US Episcopal Church, Duncan has served parishes in Michigan and Pennsylvania. From 2011 to 2016 he served as the rector of Mt Calvary parish in Camp Hill. Most recently he served the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania’s Stevenson School for Ministry as a core member of faculty. He taught eight courses, ranging across the topics of preaching, mission, biblical studies, and congregational leadership.
In 2013 Duncan was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. His thesis explored the importance of intergenerational worship as a catalyst for vibrant parish ministry.
Duncan is married to Gelind, a communications specialist at the FDA in Washington DC. He has three adult children – two in England and one in Anaheim, California. He is a keen road cyclist, watcher of current affairs, and a lover of metropolitan life. Last, and most important, he is a proud Chicago Cubs fan.
Fr. Chris Decatur, Assistant Rector for Young Families
Fr Chris was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He was ordained priest in 2021. He studied for ordination at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), where he earned his Masters in Divinity degree and a Certificate in New Mission Practices.
Before arriving at St. Paul’s, Chris served at St. Luke’s, Cleveland and at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland as the Associate Minister for Children, Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries.
Although he is at the start of his ordained life, Fr Chris already has a national profile. He currently serves on the Episcopal Church’s Taskforce for Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision and is as an Advisor for the Episcopal Discipleship initiative: “Baptized for Life”. Fr Chris is a graduate of The Preaching Excellence Program, a writer for several Christian Educational journals and is active within The Union of Black Episcopalians and various advocacy groups. He has an undergraduate degree in Comparative Religion from Cleveland State University and is steeped in the study and practice of Early Childhood Education both at CSU and as a student at The Catholic University of America.
Fr Chris enjoys maintaining his health and wellness. He runs, cycles, attends fitness classes, and enjoys vegetarian and vegan cuisine.