I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

As a child, my nickname growing up was Duke. It’s an easy one that caught on with all my friends. My last name is Docusen (pronounced Duke-uh-sen). I have always been a huge sports fan, so imagine my excitement as a child when I saw Duke University on TV for the first time. It was an immediate connection. After all, my NAME was on the front of their jersey.

Almost 20 years later, I met, fell in love with and married the biggest Duke fan I had ever known. Let’s just put it this way: she had (has) scrap books of the Duke players. Going back 20+ years. Match made in heaven.

Fast forward to 2010. I now live in Charlotte, NC (after moving from Orlando, FL in 2008). I figured I would end up in North Carolina and enjoy being a few hours from my favorite college basketball team with all of my new friends.

WRONG. More than wrong. Terribly wrong.

Turns out that most everybody in this state absolutely despises Duke University. I couldn’t have known.

It really will go down as a great miracle of God’s grace that two Duke fans moved to Carolina Country and started a church. I had no idea what I was getting myself into as a child. But I’m so glad I did.