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 19 years to my wife Beth and we have an eleven-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 writtenpoems and short stories along with a fictional novel that is self-published . Check out my website: for more information on my novel and more. 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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Newest Sermons

  • Intercessory Prayer

    Contributed on Oct 16, 2017

    You may have heard this term before but were not sure what it meant. In the simplest of definitions it's praying for someone else or on someone else's behalf. We should be interceding to help others both in our everyday lives and in our prayer lives.

  • The Prayer Of Jabez

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2017

    In 2000 a little book by Bruce Wilkinson called, "The Prayer of Jabez" was published. It sold over nine million copies and received multiple awards. It was a good read and it drew attention to this otherwise overlooked prayer.

  • This Is How You Should Pray

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2017

    I'm starting a series on the different prayers of the bible. In looking at why they prayed, how they prayed and what they prayed, we'll gain insight into how we should conduct our prayers. We start our journey with the most popular prayer-the Our Father.

  • It Takes Faith (Part Twelve)

    Contributed on Oct 10, 2017

    We've come to the end of our journey through the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11. As we finish out the chapter we will see in the beginning of Chapter 12 what the writer wants us to do as a result.

  • It Takes Faith (Part Eleven)

    Contributed on Sep 18, 2017

    We've looked at many people on our journey through the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11. And while it wouldn't surprise us to see names like Noah, Abraham and Moses, the next name on our list might raise a few eyebrows. Today we'll look at the faith of Rahab

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