UM pastor among Natchez area Caring Women


The Rev. Darian Duckworth was honored Feb. 16 at the annual Caring Women banquet in Natchez.

Duckworth, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, was honored in the leadership category. A Caring Woman of leadership is described as “one who inspires others to take actions for a common good,” according to the Natchez Democrat newspaper.

The Caring Women program is sponsored by Natchez Community Hospital and Comcast Spotlight and presents awards for leadership, perseverance, mentor, defender and promise.

Sue Stedman, emcee of the program, said Duckworth’s commitment to her congregation as well as the community as a whole made Duckworth an obvious choice for the award.

Reading the words of Duckworth’s nominator, Stedman said Duckworth made an impact on her congregation from her first Sunday at the church. “She greeted everyone by name her very first Sunday,” Stedman said.

Duckworth was recognized for her leadership in church meetings and worship services and for also providing monthly worship services at Magnolia House. Duckworth is also a yoga instructor and board member at United Way. “She has filled the pulpit with such love,” Stedman read.