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Denny Duron

Denny Duron is a pastor, coach, entrepreneur, inventor, educator, author, composer, producer, communicator, motivator and student of God’s Word.  His burning desire is to awaken destiny one heart at a time.  Denny is the pastor of Shreveport Community Church in Shreveport, Louisiana and Northpoint Community Church in Bossier City, LA.  He is married to DeAnza and is the father of six children, Destiny 30, DawnCheré 28, Denny Rodney 26, Dez 22, David Dee 20, and Dakota 18.  He is also the grandfather of Carolina Lee Deas 15 months.

Pastor Denny’s ministry actually began on the football field as a player at LA Tech University.  As a quarterback in the seasons of 1972 and 1973, Denny led the Bulldogs to two national championships and a 24-1 record.  He was twice named all Southland Conference first team quarterback and in 1973 was chosen as the Southland Conference Most Valuable Offensive Player.

In addition to his honorable mention All American recognition his senior season, he was drafted in the second round by the Birmingham Americans of the new “World Football League.”  Denny played two years at Birmingham and then signed with the Washington Redskins in 1976.  It was there in training camp that he first heard the call of God to take his life in a different direction.  The Washington Star carried the headline the next day “Even Redskins no match for the call of God.”

Denny’s most recent venture along with DeAnza has been their roles as Coach Mom and Coach Dad at School of the Legends.com, an NFL players and coaches site that has trained with the NFLPA to provide information and inspiration to young players and fans of all ages.

Pastor Denny is also known as “Coach Denny.”  He has been a coach for the last three decades on the college, and high school levels.  Denny is the founding coach of The Evangel University football program in Springfield, Missouri where he served for 7 years.  The President of Evangel University, Dr. Robert H. Spence says, “Denny is a man’s man who talks the talk and walks the walk  to reach men and boys for God.  As a player and coach, Denny Duron has demonstrated a standard of excellence that he helps other people achieve.”

Also, Mack Brown, Head Coach of the University of Texas says, “ Denny Duron has a strong faith in God and in kids, and he has put those two together to create a positive influence on a lot of lives.”

Denny also began the Evangel Christian Academy football program at Shreveport, Louisiana that has achieved national prominence.  He served as head coach for 3 years and offensive coordinator for 11.  During that time “Coach Duron” coached numerous all Americans, while at the same time virtually re-writing the national offensive record books for yardage, touchdowns and points scored.  Evangel Christian Academy was named by USA Today as one of the top 3 High School springboards to the NFL.

Coach, Pastor Denny now serves as Chancellor of the Evangel Christian Academy along with his pastoral duties.  The outreaches of Shreveport Community Church are expansive and include The Educational Center for Autism, Winner’s Circle, a camp for inner-city children; a full service food and clothing center and a live-in facility ministering to men with addictions.

Pastor Denny’s speaking schedule has sent him across the nation into countries around the world.  He says, his greatest delight is to see an individual “come alive” through the power of the Holy Spirit!

Pastor, Coach, Denny’s favorite titles are husband, Dad and Granddad (“Pop”).

He has been married to DeAnza for 32 years and sums it up in the words of a song he wrote for her one Christmas “Baby It Gets Better With The Years.”

At age 60, Denny and DeAnza have turned their attention to their children’s dreams and are seeking through prayer and encouragement to bring support and strength. Denny’s parents Rodney and Frances Duron were the perfect examples of that in his own life and says he will always be grateful for their love and influence.  He only hopes he can now pay it forward! 

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