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In continuing to bring our readers new and interesting information about your friends and neighbors, we are presenting our “What’s Your Story” series. This is a Q & A panel of 20 questions that we ask Randolph County Residents. The information is fun facts and good advice from them on various topics. We are interested in seeing what we can learn about our readers in 20 questions! Hope you enjoy!

If you would like to submit your story, send an email request to: newsgazettefeatures@gmail.com.

Featured this week is: Jeremy Duncan

From Farmland

OCCUPATION

Willard Elementary School principal/pastor of the Winchester campus of the Compass Church

1. Tell us about your family – spouse, children, grandchildren, pets, etc.

I have been married 18 years to my high school sweetheart, Brandy. We have two children: Catherine, 15 and Carter, 12. We have one dog, two barn cats, and two horses.

    

2. What is your occupation?

I am blessed to be the principal at Willard Elementary School and the campus pastor of the Winchester campus of the Compass Church.

3. How many jobs have you had? Your favorite/least favorite?

My first job was the worst. I worked at a Christmas tree farm trimming Christmas trees. I would leave each day covered in sap. We would actually use gasoline or kerosene (don’t try this at home) to remove it. I also worked at Foot Locker in college. I was one mean shoe salesman. My favorite jobs have been as a 5th grade teacher, assistant principal and boy’s basketball coach at Monroe Central Jr./Sr. High School, principal, and pastor because I get to serve others and make a difference.

4. Other than your family members, who in your life do you most admire?

  I have many faith heroes in my life that I look up to, including my pastor, Mark Ellcessor. They keep me grounded, provide me guidance, and step into the gap with me in times of need.

5. If you could change the world, what would be your first move?

Eliminate the needs of those without resources.

6. What is your best advice for someone to experience happiness?

Find the sweet spot where your passion, giftings, and the needs of the world collide. This is where your calling is and where you find true fulfillment.

7. You just won millions in the lottery. What will you do with the winnings?

I would do my very best to do as much good as I possibly could with the money.

8. What are 3 things remaining on your bucket list?

Backpack across Europe, visit every Disney theme park in the world, and visit every National Park in the United States. I’d better get to work!

9. What is the best technological invention from the 1950’s forward?

I’m not sure if its overall impact has been good or bad, but you can’t argue with the impact that the internet has had on all of our lives. It is hard to remember what we ever did without it.

10. What is something that very few people know about you?

I can juggle, Albanese gummi bears are my vegetable, and I proposed to my wife outside Cinderella’s castle at Disney World.

            

11. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Legalism. When ritual becomes more important than relationship, we’ve missed the plot of our existence.

12. What is your favorite memory?

My favorite memory has to be the birth of my two children. The emotional high of the experience is something that can’t be easily explained in words.

13. If you found a time machine that would take you back for one day, when would that be? Why?

Wow, tough question. I think I would want to go back and experience the Last Supper with Jesus and His disciples. There is a moment at the meal where Jesus, God in the flesh, washes the feet of His disciples. This is such an amazing picture of what servant leadership looks like.

14. What is the biggest misconception about you?

That I always have it all together. There are times that keeping all of the plates spinning can be a real challenge. In those moments, you lean on the amazing people that you surround yourself with and seek His guidance and support.

  

15. What is your favorite place to dine within the boundaries of Randolph County?

There are so many great places! I love the Chocolate Moose in Farmland, El Carreton in Winchester, and Pizza King is always amazing.

16. Have you always lived in the Randolph County area? If not where else?

I grew up in Muncie. I am a Bearcat. If you cut me, I still bleed purple.

17. Your biggest contribution to society?

I would hope that I have made a difference in the lives of the young people that I have taught, coached, and worked with, as well as those that I have had the privilege to minister to.

18. Most important rule in life?

Make kindness and compassion a regular part of your life...unconditionally.

19. Biggest “Game Changer” in your life?

Jesus Christ.

  

20. Will you retire from your current job?

Who knows where God will lead me? I honestly don’t know. But I do know this...I will work to make a difference wherever He calls me to plant my feet. Life is funny sometimes. God can close the door on opportunities that we think are going to be best and open doors to unknown paths. The key is to being open to move when He calls you to move. This takes courage and faith.

FIVE FUN FACTS:

Can you dance?

Only in my car while rocking with my kids.

Dream vacation?

Backpack across Europe.

Favorite food?

Beef Manhattan.

Dream car?

Jeep Wrangler or the yet to be released Tesla pick-up truck.

Favorite type of music?

Contemporary Christian.