THE DUKE STORY
God had a plan for Charlie & Dotty
Charlie Duke is a former NASA astronaut, retired Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force, fighter pilot and test pilot. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 16 in 1972, he became the 10th and youngest person to walk on the Moon.
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina and raised in Lancaster, South Carolina, Charlie excelled in school. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science and from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) with a Master in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Charlie married the former Dorothy Claiborne of Atlanta, Georgia in 1963. Dotty attended Hollins College in Virginia and the University of North Carolina, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. They have two sons, Charles and Tom, as well as nine grandchildren.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
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"I have come that they may have life, and
have it in abundance." John 10:10
After reaching the highest of highs by walking on the moon, Charlie and Dotty faced a troubled marriage and were unfulfilled with life.
While suffering hopelessness in her marriage and in her life,
Dotty attended a church and gave her life to Jesus Christ.
Seeing the transformation in Dotty and experiencing frustration in his work, Charlie, at a Bible Study, asked Jesus into his life. The Lord healed their marriage and they started serving the Lord together.
(Their entire story can be read in the resource section.)
"He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of His dear Son." Colossians 1:13
Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth
In the early 1980's, Duke Ministry for Christ was formed to answer the call of sharing their testimonies of what God had done in their lives and their marriage.
Charlie and Dotty have been privileged to travel throughout the U.S. and the world sharing their story of God's amazing grace.
A great joy has been meeting other believers from all different cultures and hearing what God is doing today all over the world. As Jesus is lifted up, He is revealing Himself in cities and jungles, to the rich and poor in dreams and visions.
John 12:32 "And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself."
Join the Dukes for the greatest adventure of all
"I have never known such an exciting life - a life filled with the love, peace, joy and power of God. You might not be able to walk on the moon with me, but we can all walk together with Jesus, and that walk lasts forever." - Charlie Duke