On the morning of August 8, 1938, in Bonfouca, Louisiana, GOD blessed the late deacon
Shovie and Mrs. Bertha Ducre with twin boys--Sidney and Shovie, Jr.
The boys, along with their older brother, Joseph Vander, grew up in a Christian home where
songs like Amazing Grace and Guide Me Over always rang in the air. Studying the Bible and
practicing Christian behavior was a trend long set in the Ducre household. Sunday worship
services and many other activities at Providence Baptist Church constantly found the Ducres in
attendance. In May of 1953, young Shovie confessed Christ as his personal Savior and was
baptized by the late Rev. Wilson Amos.
After graduating from St. Tammany High in 1957, Shovie enrolled at Southern University.
Shortly after, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served for three years; and was
stationed in Vietnam for thirteen of those months. During this conflict, it was strength derived
from a powerful conviction to GOD that enabled soldier Shovie to fight along with the men of the
145th Aviation Battalion. In September of 1964, the tour of duty ended and he
was safely reunited with his family in Slidell, Louisiana.
From this time on, GOD's plan for his life began to unfold. In August of 1980, he was ordained
deacon of Providence Baptist Church. On October 19, 1980, pressing on toward the mark of a
higher calling, Deacon Shovie Ducre, Jr. preached his introductory sermon, and was licensed on
that same day. On November 24, 1981 Rev. Ducre was ordained by the Mt. Zion Association
under the leadership of Dr. Wilkes Neal. He served as Missionary for the Association and as
Associate Pastor of Providence Baptist Church under the pastorship of Rev. Emanuel Tillison
until December 6, 1985.
In early 1986 Rev. Shovie Ducre became Assistant Pastor of Starlight Missionary Baptist
Church. When Dr. Albert E. Pollard retired as pastor, Rev. Ducre filled the position as Acting
Pastor. He was unanimously elected on June 15, 1986 and installed as the 16th
pastor of Starlight on July 20, 1986. As part of his quest for knowledge and in obedience to
GOD's command, "Study to shew thyself approved", in 1986 Rev. Ducre enrolled as a Bible
scholar at the Union Baptist Theology Seminary. Rev. Ducre did not stop his education, but went
on to earn his Doctorate.
A very devoted servant of God, he and his wife Sis. Jerelyn continue to reap the benefits of living
a life pleasing in GOD's sight. Parents of five children, they work together, strive together, and
pray together as they determine to allow GOD's Spirit to manifest Himself through them.
As we often hear him say: "My desire is to do GOD's will"; "Prime time is GOD's
time"; "I wouldn't serve a GOD I couldn't feel sometime"; it would be
well to follow his example.