Edward Duvall was born and raised in Cleveland, MS. He graduated from high school in 1977. After graduation, he entered the military and retired from service in 1998. In 1998, he married, Patricia, who is from Topeka, KS. They have two children, Essence, 15, and Edward, 12. After retirement from the military, he moved back to his hometown of Cleveland, MS. Bro. DuVall says, “I wanted to bring my experience and knowledge to a place where I could make a difference in people’s lives.” He worked for two years as a Physical Ed. Teacher in the local public school. Afterward, he answered God’s call to enter the ministry. Upon answering God’s call, he began preparing for the task by attending Mid-America Theological Seminary. He entered school in 2001 and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2004. While in school, he attended chaplaincy training at the VA hospital in Memphis, TN. After graduation, Bro. DuVall felt God calling him back to the Mississippi Delta to start a church plant.
In 2005, he began to meet in a dayroom of a senior citizen complex. By May of that same year, the mission moved into a store front building. What later became Homestretch Baptist Church is currently located in a 6000 square foot building that sits on 10 ½ acres of land.
“My passion to serve in the Delta area of Mississippi is very strong because this area is one of the most neglected missionary fields in the world. My overall goal is to start new African American church plants, send out missionaries, and be financially independent.
My vision is to primarily reach the African American community in the Delta with a gospel that is clearly understood and that is
practical and relevant.
My objective is to establish a sound Bible believing, Bible teaching conservative New Testament church. I also am committed to starting new churches in the African American community and reaching out to some traditional churches and try to bring about change.
My goal is to support new missionaries financially and with whatever resources I have available, train traditional pastors by teaching them, and establish an association to help accommodate my goals.
We are presently working with two mission churches: Harvest Baptist Mission in Olive Branch, Missionary Pastor James Cook and All Nations Baptist Mission in Indianola, Missionary Pastor Donnie Loggins.”
Bro. Ed DuVall