Meridian Star

June 19, 2013

Star of the Week: Haley Duck

By Marie Roberts / Guest writer
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     When she’s not spending time helping college students with questions about distance education, Littleville, Ala. native Haley Duck is positively impacting the youth of tomorrow by serving as a youth group assistant at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church (PSDBC). The wife of full-time youth minister Clay Duck, Haley spends numerous hours each week serving others.

    “I enjoy serving the youth because I love investing in the lives of youth and helping to further God’s kingdom,” Duck said.

    Just weeks ago, Duck chaperoned the youth group’s trip to Shocco Springs Southern Baptist Convention Center in Talladega, Ala., where more than 20 youth learned about the importance of sharing their faith with others. The youth group attended Student Life Camp, where students participated in family groups, church group, worship, recreation and more.

    “Seeing the students grow in their relationship and come to a saving knowledge of Christ is amazing,” said Duck, who felt the call to ministry as early as high school, but was unsure of which path her faith would take her.

    “I didn’t find out that my ministry would be youth ministry until I met my husband, Clay.”

    Avid supporters of Southern Miss athletics, the Duck family attends every home game to give back to their alma mater. Duck, who graduated with her degree in instructional technology with an emphasis in administrative communication, uses her skills learned in the classroom on a daily basis in both of her jobs.

    At MCC, Duck serves as a liaison for distance education, where she gives guidance and advice to students taking online or hybrid classes. In her role with the youth, Duck serves as a counselor and empathetic listener to students.

    “I believe that God has given me the spiritual gift of listening and counseling. This allows me to build positive relationships with individuals from across the spectrum,” Duck said.

    Her future plans for working with the youth of PSDBC include helping students in their spiritual journey, and serving as a mentor to others.

    “My goal is to help students grow in their relationship with Christ and be comfortable in sharing their faith with others around them.”

    In her spare time, Duck enjoys spending time in her new home with her husband and two furry children, cats Mr. Kitty and Mia.