Pastor Lenny Duncan


Pastor Lenny  (he/him) is a follower of Jesus Christ and is in a passionate love affair with Grace. March 2018 he was issued a call to serve the people of East New York at Jehu's Table from the Metro New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a mission developer (church planter.)  He is also a frequent voice on the intersection of the Church and the cries of the oppressed. He pays special attention to Black Liberation movements in his work, but lifts up the frequent intersection with other marginalized peoples.  He believes that the reason the ELCA has remained so white is a theological problem, not a sociological one.  He holds a Master of Divinity from United Lutheran Seminary. You can follow him on twitter @lennyaduncan

Theological Commitments

Pastor Lenny believes scripture is the story of a gracious God who has liberated oppressed peoples throughout human history. That same God's son was lynched for loving us. That Jesus died because of sin, not because of your sin. He views scripture through the lens of African Descent culture. That our LGBTQ+siblings in Christ are Holy. That justice is God's love in the public. 


Pastor Lenny's first stint at directing was with Ankosfilms and culminated in the two part documentary "Do Black Churches Matter in the ELCA?" which is available for congregational use for free on Youtube. His next film that he is co directing with Jason Chesnut is "Young, Gifted and Black in the ELCA"


Pastor Lenny is a best selling author at Fortress Press. His new book "Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to Whitest Denomination in the U.S"  and is available anywhere books are sold. Pastor Lenny has written extensively in the last few years about the church and its place in the 21st century. His bylines include his defunct blog, his medium @lennyaduncan,  Living Lutheran, the, Sparkhouse, Working Preacher, Augsburgh Fortress and is doing a residency at 


Pastor Lenny is married to his wife, Bree, who is his biggest supporter and brought him to the church. They have a college age daughter, Jenna, who is amazing and the best parts of both her parents. 

A recent Sermon from Rev. Lenny at MNYS Synod Assembly


You can email Rev. Lenny Duncan at