My name is Adam, and I’m just another McDuffie going into the family business. My McDuffie ancestors were Scottish, and members of Clan MacFie, which would have been spelled Macdubhsith in its original Gaelic form. This can be translated roughly as “dark man of peace.” One of the many legends about the origin of the name holds that it derived from our ancestors’ ecclesial role in leading the church on the clan’s ancestral island of Colonsay (shown in the header image). Apparently the McDuffies have never stopped being immersed in the church. My dad is a former music minister turned hospital chaplain in Memphis and my sister is the new Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church Morehead, KY. I’m now a 2nd year MDiv student at Emory’s Candler School of Theology, seeking ordination through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship/Alliance of Baptists. Being a PK in the era of the SBC split, I spent much of my early childhood on the move, living in three different states before my third birthday, but I’ve lived in TN for the past 20 years and it’s the only home I really remember. If you ever meet me, chances are at some point I’ll mention that I’m from a small town in West TN, called Atoka. You can’t get there from here and we don’t have a traffic light, but it’s pretty great. Before coming to Candler, I studied at Wake Forest University, graduating in 2015 with Honors in Religion, with a concentration in Religion and Public Engagement. As a student, I was a founding member of the Interfaith Theme House, where I met my fiancé, Chanel. After graduating from Candler, my (current) plan is to pursue PhD work in American Religions, with the eventual goal of teaching at the university level. For now, I just enjoy hanging out with Chanel, hunting/fishing, watching my Braves and Deacs, and nerding out over religious studies. When the latter happens, I write about it here. So, enjoy!