2017-09-08 / Front Page

Pastor returns to Shandon Presbyterian Church

By Carol Ward


Rev. Dr. Tim Hoyt Duncan preaches at Shandon Presbyterian Church September 2016. Rev. Dr. Tim Hoyt Duncan preaches at Shandon Presbyterian Church September 2016. The Rev. Dr. Tim Hoyt Duncan will return to the pulpit at Shandon Presbyterian Sunday, September 10, after being away since late April as he went through cancer treatment. He had a stem cell transplant for treatment of multiple myeloma at Duke this spring and has been recovering at home over the summer.

Dr. Duncan as a pastor is accustomed to giving care, but over the past several months, he has found himself the one in need of care. By his account, it has been an interesting transition for him.

He was diagnosed with cancer just a few months into his ministry at Shandon, which began in August 2016, so as he and his wife Nancy were adjusting to their new home (moving from New York to South Carolina), they had an even larger adjustment to make.

Here’s an excerpt from a message he included in Shandon’s newsletter this month:


Nancy Hoyt Duncan with husband Rev. Dr. Tim Hoyt Duncan Nancy Hoyt Duncan with husband Rev. Dr. Tim Hoyt Duncan “August 1 marked the one-year anniversary of Nancy’s and my arrival at Shandon Presbyterian Church and the beginning of my service as your pastor/ head of staff. At the time, none of us would have predicted how the first year would unfold; being diagnosed with cancer the week before Christmas couldn’t have been further from my mind.

“I could not have survived these past months as I did without the incredible care provided to me by Nancy, as well as the wonderful support both of us have felt from this congregation. I had seen that support offered to others time and again when we were here in the 90s; I have now felt how empowering it is to be the recipient of that support.

“And so, as we begin our second year together, let’s try this again! It is my hope and prayer that in the months to come we will be open to the leading of God’s Spirit, that we might become an even more vibrant and vital people of God who give more generously of our time, talent, and financial resources in such a way that our own lives will be more deeply enriched, and our ministry to those in our community and beyond will be felt in a powerful and enlightening way.”

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