Derrick's church

Cornerstone Christian Church
Syracuse, New York 13203
(315) 424-5472

About Derrick
  • Experience: This is my first church. I did an internship for nine months before I was hired as the full time Associate Minister in February, 2005. I worked for a year and a half before becoming officially ordained in September, 2006.
  • Family: I have been married for 21 years to my wife Beth and we have an 13 year-old son, Shaun.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Know your congregation. Get personal with them through counseling, relationship building, discipling, etc. Find out what their needs are and where they’re at and what they’re dealing with and preach accordingly. This also helps when communicating to make sure you use terms and language that’s appropriate for your audience. This helps to make your sermons more practical and applicable in their everyday lives; ensuring the biggest impact that makes a difference in their spiritual growth.
  • Books that have had an impact: C.S. Lewis’ ’Mere Christianity’ is a must for anyone who is interested in Apologetics. Other classics such as ’My Utmost for His Highest’ and ’Pilgrim’s Progress’ are keepers. Neil Anderson’s ’Victory Over the Darkness’ is also good for those struggling with sin and their identity in Christ.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy reading and creative writing. I’ve written poems and short stories along with a self-published fictional novel. Check out my website: for more information. Summer is my favorite time of year so I enjoy those seasonal activities the most.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Not funny at the time but it was about 15 minutes before service started and it was my Sunday to preach. My wife called, frantic. She had used her remote car starter but locked the keys in the house. She was outside in the cold with my two-year-old son and seven-year-old niece. I raced home (15 minutes), took care of business and raced back. I had just minutes to spare before it was time for the sermon. Afterwards, some said it was my best sermon to date. Perhaps chaos produces better sermons!
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  • Just Like Us (Part Five)

    Contributed on Mar 11, 2019

    Last week we looked at Elijah. We saw how he was bold and courageous in taking on the 450 prophets of Baal but then Queen Jezebel threatens his life and he runs away. We can be bold and courageous in one situation and fearful and pessimistic the next. Today we'll look at Joshua and David.

    JUST LIKE US (part five) Last week we looked at Elijah. We saw how he was bold and courageous in taking on the 450 prophets of Baal all by himself. And God comes through and delivers the victorious miracle. But then Queen Jezebel threatens Elijah's life and he responds by running away. The more

  • Just Like Us (Part Four)

    Contributed on Mar 3, 2019

    Last week we looked at Samson. Samson was physically strong but in some ways he was spiritually weak. We, too can be strong in some areas but weak in others. Today, we'll look at Elijah. He was bold and courageous...well, most of the time.

    JUST LIKE US (part four) Last week we looked at the example of Samson. When Samson was born he was given a special Nazirite vow. He couldn't drink alcohol or even grape juice. And he couldn't cut his hair. These conditions were to indicate that he would be noticeably set apart for a more

  • Just Like Us (Part Three)

    Contributed on Feb 25, 2019

    Last week we looked at Abraham. Abraham believed God and he trusted God to lead him even though he didn't know where God was sending him. But we saw that he had his moments of weakness too. Today we'll look at Samson and see how he is just like us.

    JUST LIKE US (part three) Recap: Last week we looked at Abraham. Abraham was a man who believed God and he trusted God to lead him even though he didn't know where God was sending him. He loved God and was willing to obey God when he was told to sacrifice his son Isaac. But we saw that he had more

  • Just Like Us (Part Two)

    Contributed on Feb 22, 2019

    We all make mistakes. None of us are perfect and that includes those in the bible. Those great men and women of faith did some remarkable things but they had their flaws too. Today we'll look at Abraham and Joshua and see how they are just like us.

    JUST LIKE US (part two) Recap: Last week we looked at the fact that although we all make mistakes it isn't easy to admit it. Sometimes we make the mistake of looking at celebrities in an elevated way that portrays them as larger than life and almost too perfect. Therefore we conclude that they more

  • Just Like Us (Part One)

    Contributed on Feb 11, 2019

    Have you ever made a mistake? You may be thinking, 'is this a trick question'. Knowing the answer is a resounding, 'yes', why is it so hard to admit that we make them? Everyone makes mistakes, even those in the bible. They were just like us.

    JUST LIKE US (part one) Have you ever made a mistake? You may be thinking, 'is this a trick question'. Knowing the answer is a resounding, 'yes', often times it's hard to admit when we've made a mistake. Remember the show, 'Happy Days'? There was an episode where more

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  • Gabriel Hurles Was Enjoying His Sixth Birthday ...

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2012

    Gabriel Hurles was enjoying his sixth birthday party. He was so focused on eating his birthday cake, that he hardly noticed the giant package in the corner of the room. When another child pointed out the large gift, Gabriel ran over and began to tear off the wrapping. It wasn’t a bicycle or any of more

  • The Latched Of Sandals

    Contributed on Dec 14, 2012

    Albert Barnes’ commentary for John 1:27: “The latchet of sandals was the string or thong by which they were fastened to the feet. To unloose them was the office of a servant, and John means, therefore, that he was unworthy to perform the lowest office for the Messiah. This was remarkable humility. more

  • The Cave Dwellers” By Max Lucado. ...

    Contributed on Dec 4, 2012

    “The Cave Dwellers” by Max Lucado. “Long ago, or maybe not so long ago, there was a tribe of people in a dark, cold cave. The cave dwellers would huddle together and cry against the chill. Loud and long they wailed. It was all they did. It was all they knew to do. The sounds in the cave were more

  • The Wonderful Twists And Turns

    Contributed on Nov 12, 2012
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    THE WONDERFUL TWISTS AND TURNS Condolezza Rice said, "Life is full of surprises. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your more

  • The Beginning Of Marilyn Manson

    Contributed on Feb 27, 2012
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    THE BEGINNING OF MARILYN MANSON Brian Warner started going to church with a friend years ago. Brian was a skinny pizza faced nerdy looking kid that nobody liked. He was also a loner who looked out of place most of the time. The youth group took a trip to an amusement park one weekend and more