Deacon Buck Close serves on the staff of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Newport, RI. He was born in South Carolina, graduated from Tulane University in 1972 with a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies.

He and his wife, Lucy, served with the Church World Service in Nicaragua and also run a not-for- profit job creation agency, 1000 Jobs/Haiti which they founded in 2008.

The Closes live in Little Compton, Rhode Island with numerous cows, dogs, chickens, guinea hens, and cats. They have three grown children and two grandsons living in various southern states.

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