"Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock." (1 Pet 5:2-3, NIV)
Rev. Dr. D. Derrick West
" And there was a young man named Eutychus sitting on the window sill, sinking into a deep sleep; and as Paul was preaching, he was overcome by sleep and fell down from the third floor and was picked up dead." (Acts 20:9-10)
What you see is what you get with Pastor Derrick. He married his bride, Dawn, in 2003 and together they have two awesome kids: Miller and Samantha. He's originally from Spartanburg, SC and is unashamed of all things Clemson. He has four great ministry passions: (1) Expository Preaching (2) Teaching (3) Writing and (4) Engaging in the first three with the congregation he loves.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education and Youth Ministries from Toccoa Falls College; a Master of Divinity with a Specialization in Biblical Languages from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; a Master of Theology in Old Testament and Hebrew (NOBTS); and a Doctor of Biblical Studies from Colorado Theological Seminary (Summa Cum Laude). An Examination of the Original Twelve Through The Lens of Narrative and Canonical Criticism was the title of his dissertation.
He has one book in publication scheduled for release in 2020: The League of Pardoned Rebels (Ambassador's International Publishing Co.) and is currently writing another one: Waste No Tear: Experiencing God Through Suffering.
Director Of Youth and Families Ministries
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV)
A native of New Jersey, Chris graduated salutatorian from Baptist Regional High School in 2009. Relocating with his family to Vero Beach in 2011, Chris earned an Associate's degree in Biology and a B.S. in Business Administration with Summa Cum Laude honors from Indian River State College.
Chris began attending Genesis Church two years ago, serving as one of its youth leaders. He has a desire to grow and develop the children, youth, and family ministries of Genesis Church.
Chris also serves as Director of Programs and Publicity at Risk Takers for Christ, a non-profit ministry based in Vero Beach. He is also a Licensed Insurance Agent and an Investment Advisor. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, playing sports, and calling Vero Beach his home.