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.
Deacon Intern Gerry Welch
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Gerry (Geraldine) Welch. I am a Candidate for the Diaconate in the Diocese of New Jersey and have been assigned to do my second ministry internship with you. I will be joining you effective October 25 through my ordination (God willing) is in May 2021.
I am in my last year in Formation to be a Vocational Deacon in the Diocesan School for Ministry. My husband Steve is on Bishop Stokes’ staff as Canon for Communications. We have two young adult daughters, Hope and Rebecca, and a beloved dog named Cookie who lives with us in Edison.
I belong to Saint Barnabas in Monmouth Junction. I have been very active in the diocesan community. I served on the Lifelong Formation Committee and worked extensively with youth, including being the Diocesan Youth Convener. At my home church, I have been a Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, and vestry member. I am currently working with the diocesan Young Adults group, Episcopeers. My day job is being an OB nurse. I am also bilingual in Spanish. I enjoy doing volunteer work.