|About the Book|
This book is a synopsis of a teaching series presented by Pastor Dee Duke on the topic of Character Traits. The book will help you look into essential traits in your life. It guides the reader through Biblical context to understand those traits andMoreThis book is a synopsis of a teaching series presented by Pastor Dee Duke on the topic of Character Traits. The book will help you look into essential traits in your life. It guides the reader through Biblical context to understand those traits and how setting goals to develop those traits will assist in life. The introduction of the book describes it this way... you need a game plan to win a game. You need to set your goals to achieve the things you want in life. And by making an effort to achieve those goals... it shapes your character. Thats what this book is about. How important your character is in your life and how it needs to be shaped through your experiences here on this earth.Dee F. Duke has been the pastor at Jefferson Baptist Church in Jefferson, Oregon, for 32 years. He grew up in Oregon and Washington and graduated from Western Baptist College (now Corban College) in Salem, Oregon, and has since earned a Master’s Degree and an honorary Doctorate from Corban College.. When he first came to the church there were about 25 members and the congregation was meeting in the local City Hall. The church was able to move to the Elementary School and then purchase its own land on which to build. All of the present buildings were built on a cash basis and with volunteer labor from the congregation. A new Sanctuary with a seating capacity of 800 was completed in October, 1999. Construction is continuing on a new Christian Education Building as well as additional parking areas.Jefferson is a small, rural community of about 2200 people. The church has grown to an average attendance of 900 people in three weekend Services. In the last seven years Jefferson Baptist has had the joy of starting three daughter churches: AGAPE Family Fellowship in Albany, Turning Point Com. Church in Turner, and Doxology in Corvallis.Pastor Duke attributes the growth of the church to the emphasis on prayer. In 1989 he attended his first Pastors’ Prayer Summit and has since modeled and preached the importance of individual and corporate prayer. He has had the opportunity to speak throughout the United States as well as travel overseas to speak and participate in several Prayer Seminars and Prayer Walking Journeys. He has written articles for Moody Monthly, Leadership Journal and Pray! Magazine, and has written a book, entitled Prayer Quest . He also speaks on a daily radio program.Dee and his wife Patty have been married for 38 years and have eight children: five who are married, two in college, and one serving as a missionary in Liberia, West Africa. They have eight grandchildren. They live in a 100-year old house near Jefferson, Oregon, and Dee enjoys fishing and hunting, running marathons, as well as restoring old cars.