about me

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My name is Jason C Dukes. I am a follower, a leader, a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a friend, a learner, a teacher, a writer, and a dreamer. I was born in Cleveland, MS, grew up in New Orleans, LA, lived in Central FL, and now reside in northeast Mississippi.

I have been married since 1998 to the most beautiful, thoughtful, wise, and supportive woman ever. I am blessed to know Jen as friend and lover. She is the best mom ever, an awesome friend to so many, a compassionate RN, a gifted decorator, a witty conversationalist, my favorite watcher-of-a-movie-with-me, and an outstanding cook.

We have six kids.

Caleb (September 2001) is the older brother. He is a football and Star Wars and NASCAR fanatic. He is very smart, very thoughtful, very creative, a gifted artist, loves music, and has a passion for sports. Well-rounded kid. So thankful for my young man.

Katey (August 2004) is our sunshine. She was a miracle gift to us. She makes us all smile with her humor and how comfortable she is around anyone. She is stunningly beautiful, extremely charming, very common-sense smart, extremely compassionate, super-sensitive to the hurts of others, and simply wants to have fun. She seems to be growing quite a fondness for swimming.

Abigail (November 2006) is a cutie. She is a blonde version of my mom. Her smile is contagious. Her imagination is eclectic and all-encompassing. I never know what she is going to imagine. She is a determined and caring little girl. Very smart. She loves shoes and bags of all sorts. She plays “house” and “dress up” with Katey and Ella, and she serves as fashion consultant for all of us.

Ella (December 2008) is a blossoming bundle of smiles. She makes us all laugh with her funny faces and particular requests. I call her Bee-Bop. Caleb gave her her name. We are so enjoying her infectious joy and charming style.

Noah (October 2010) is the little brother Caleb has been desiring for a long, long time. He is a laid back but very energetic kid with a handsome smile and an acute desire to see what’s going on around him. He is all boy . A climber. Curious. And he digs being outside. He has a real ear for music and a growing fondness of legos.

Laura (August 2012). Noah calls her “Lola.” That nickname may stick. :) She is fierce. She is fickle. She is funny. She is a fighter. I guess you have to be as the youngest of six.

Jen and I are very grateful for these kids, fully aware of the gift they are, and prayerful for men and women who desire kids to be given that same gift.

We have one dog – Magnolia (September 12th, 2014) – a yellow lab who has the personality of the princess and the pea.

We have been on an amazing yet sobering journey trying to learn gospel and grace in daily rhythms while equipping followers of Jesus to make disciples in everyday relationships (LIVE SENT). In February 2004, we started Westpoint Church, a local community of faith focused on being the church, doing life together, and giving herself away. From the get-g0, we emphasized “living sent” – loving one another deeply while living as a letter from God communicating His love and hope in the message of our daily lives among all whom we encounter. We are sent by Jesus, God came near, who showed us God’s love and how to love. We are compelled to give that love away as it has been given to us among neighbors and nations. While with Westpoint, we also enjoyed being a part of creating House Blend Cafe, the Reproducing Churches network, and the Church of West Orange. Click on each to check out their websites. After 10 years of giving herself away, Westpoint merged with another local church start that was a couples years older in order to broaden and sharpen what each church family was doing in Central Florida and beyond! It is amazing to see the exponential fruit already blossoming from that merger, and there will be many stories to tell of sent lives among family, among neighbors, in the marketplace, and around the world. You can learn more about the church family Westpoint merged with by going to the following: Mosaic and Axum.

Now, my family and I are in northeast Mississippi where I pastor First Baptist Church Booneville and from where we send the church. We are also thankful to be a part of some amazing things happening in Montreal, QC.

I dig family, coaching equippers, connecting in culture, and teaching / writing stuff that causes more questions than I already have. I dig music and movies. I cheer for SEC football (specifically the Gators), Duke basketball, and NASCAR (particularly Jeff Gordon because my son is a fanatic for him). In summary, I really like dating my wife, dancing with my daughters, watching football with my sons, learning, writing, thinking, and basketball. Oh yeah – I wrote another book called beyond MY church and an ebook called say no to discipleship?!?, and I blog at SENTkids.com

[a few FAVORITES]

  • MUSIC_chris rice, andrew peterson, will smith, rich mullins, john mayer, tobymac, lee land, steven curtis chapman, the civil wars, shaun groves, ellie holcomb
  • MOVIES_crash, the passion, hoosiers, contact, hancock, the dark knight, veggie tales jonah, torn, adjustment bureau, inception, Les Mis, Lincoln
  • BOOKS_one thousand gifts, unstoppable force, searching for God knows what, the Cure, Jesus i never knew, every man’s marriage, choosing to cheat, building a discipling culture, a meal with Jesus, tangible kingdom, and more.

Please email me at InvitingConversation@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or good restaurant recommendations. Good books, too. And good movies. And good date ideas for my wife and me.

Thanks so much!

11 thoughts on “about me

  1. Just reading your workout promise – when I was on my cross trainer earlier here in Scotland (I know why it is called a cross trainer – because it makes you cross). I’m with the programme too JD. It get’s easier (I’m told!).

  2. I feel your pain. I hate it too. I hate it enough that I find every excuse to avoid it. But you’ve got to make it a part of your life, my friend. You want to walk Ella down the isle one day….

  3. Aw, seeing this was great! Love for family, everything.. just good to see.

    And.. Hi! One of my posts came up with a link in its ‘related posts’ to your blog.

  4. Jason,
    Don’t know if you remember me but we are the Kemps from Georgia. Our hearts are broken about the accident. Clay is keeping Steve posted but we would love the hear from you and Erik. We were talking about your parents the other day and how they touched our lives. Give all our love and be assured you all are in our prayers.

    God Bless,
    Dorothy Kemp

  5. Jason,

    Just checked your site out. Congratulations on all you are doing. I do a short broadcast on Friday nights on a small radio station here in Anniston, Al. Only reaches about 3 – 4 miles, and about 3,000 listeners, but is fun. 2 weeks ago, we were rebroadcast by a station in Guntersville, AL. I hope they pick us up tonight so they can get my very special message. Normally, I do a comedy sketch about government, particular attention to our veterans, but tonight, I am doing a special on your Mom and Dad. I am asking everyone to pray for them and you and Erik, to tell their pastors, ministers, priests, rabi’s and entire congregations about them and their conditions and to ask everyone of them to pray for all of you. I will also be sending up a prayer via radio for you as well. The listeners will be surprised because as I said, I am usually doing a home made comedy deal, but not tonight.

    Your friend,
    Dave Nichols (Ash’s Dad)and Tracy Nichols
    Anniston, AL.

  6. Dear beloved,

    How interesting that I should come across your website and that you & other beloved brethren are dwelling in togetherness. I bless the name of the Lord for what you are doing in the body of Christ. It is wonderful to see men and women of God stand firm in faith and declare the message of Jesus Christ.

    My name is Isaac Mukweyi married to Emily. We are working in the body of the ministry by house Churches network in Kenya East Africa. I was greatly touched and ministered to when I came a cross your Ministry page. God bless you greatly for obeying his Voice to minister this kind of healing to the Body of Christ.

    I want to encourage you both to continue to re-discover your true identities and walk this earth reflecting the Love of Christ. Life is but a journey…. that leads us back into the Father heart of God. Don’t let religious concepts stand in the way of TRUTH…. for the doctrine of men only lead to certain death but relationship with the Father leads to a NEW & LIVING way. Jesus said ” my words are SPIRIT & LIFE ” Let the Spirit guide and teach you in all HIS ways. The world is looking for something….. we have what they are looking for. I’m not talking about getting them “saved” no, no, no, but rather they have an encounter with the ONE who Loves them from before the foundations of this known world. That of course is the Christ in us ! ( not just us but to every person on this earth who is born of a woman ) There are no laws, rules, or regulations to follow for it is written on our hearts. Jesus came to set us free from the law of sin & death. Brother you are FREE indeed.

    Would you please pray with us about the possibility of Coming to Africa some day if the Lord allows and may be do some ministry in this area? We have several house Churches network in Kenya , Uganda and Tanzania pray that one day the lord may send you to come and strengthen our network with what God has put in you for the glory of the body of Christ. Please pray and see if the Lord leads. My heart has been to unite the friends and families for the love of Christ, as the bible says in Luke 10. I believe the dream of Jesus as in John 17 was to see the strong relationship united and show the world that we are one.

    May God blessing we continue praying for you and looking forward to hearing from you.

    God bless you and keep you.

    Yours in Christ.

    Bro. Isaac & Emily Mukweyi

  7. This is some great stuff. We’re on the same page with a lot of subjects (following Jesus, living out church, family, Gators football, and a heart for NOLA).

    I’ve been down to the gulf area a number of times now with my church doing a number of projects, mostly with Evangelical Free disaster recovery teams based out of Covington. Looking forward to your updates.

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