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Retired Pastor - First Church of God in Harvey
Harvey Illinois , 60426
708-331-0587

About Derrick
  • Education: I have a Bsc. in Accounting from Myers University (Dyke College, Ohio); MDiv. from Christian International Graduate School; and DMin. in pastoral ministries from International Bible College and Seminary.
  • Experience: Been in the accounting field and the health care field for many years. Currently servig as pastor for almost 9 years.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: In my sermons I will put elaborate, that is when I will endeavor to explain certain ideas not written in my sermons.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Daring to Dream series by Mainstay Ministries. Growing Pains by Charles R. Swindoll, permission granted to use in our Bible Class in May 2003. Sermons on faith and trust in God.
  • Family: I have been married for the past 31 years. I have a daughter and two sons. My daughter is working as a teacher’s aid; my older son is married, and I am a grandfather of a 2 month old baby girl who was born the day after my birthday. My older son is presently in law school after having played football with the Northwestern Footbal team. He has played in the Citrus Bowl and the Alamo Bowl. My younger son will be a Junior at the University of Pennslvania, and was on the Ivy League Championship Football team where he received his first ring. My wife is a registered nurse and is currently employed in Thornton School System as a School Nurse.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My father passed away before I started in the preaching ministry. I am not sure if my mother has ever heard me preach, she might have heard me on tape. We do not live in the same country nor are we close by.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: My spouse is somewhat critical, and I do listen to what she has to say even though it might hurt.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Slow down, don’t try to rush it.
  • Books that have had an impact: The Burdensome Joy of Preaching by Dr. James Earl Massey. Aspects of my pilgrimage by Dr. James E. Massey. Fresh Faith by Jim Cymbala; Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership - Carl L. McIntosh & Samuel D. Rima, Sr. Various books on church growth...
  • Hobbies: Reading; computer; just started golfing..
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Some years ago I was preaching, and during my preaching I thought to myself that I was doing alright, and as soon as self entered, I found myself failing. (Now I realize that I have to completely rely on God.)
  • What I want on my tombstone: That my life was pleasing to God.
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  • Standing In The Gap.

    Contributed on Oct 28, 2013
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    God is looking for someone who is willing to stand in the gap. Someone He can depend on to take the Good News of salvation to a lost and dying world.

  • Who Is My Neighbor?

    Contributed on Oct 28, 2013
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    Do you know who your neighbor is? Is it that person who lives next door to you, or who lives across the street? Yes, that person is your neighbor, but it goes farther than that, and we should be ready to help those who are in need.

  • God Is Not Far Away.

    Contributed on Oct 28, 2013
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    God is not far away, He is nearer than you think, just reach out and touch Him as He passes by. He is never too busy to hear you when you call, so just call out to Him, He is ready to help you.

  • Faithful To The End.

    Contributed on Oct 25, 2013
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    Funeral service of a mother of the church who had fought a good fight, and who was faithful until the end, despite all her challenges.

  • Can You Have Faith Without Hope?

    Contributed on Oct 25, 2013
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    Can faith exist without hope? When God gives us a promise, do we accept it by faith? Do we keep hope alive that the promise will be fulfilled? So, can you have faith without hope....? Let's find out.

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