Pastor Derrick Parker
Pastor Derrick Parker … a native of Baltimore, Maryland is one that loves Jesus … a worshipper, an intercessor, a husband, a father, a reformer, catalyst, writer, author and Senior Apostolic Leader of Acceleration Church in the Triangle of North Carolina. Prior to relocating to North Carolina, Pastor Derrick pastored in Baltimore for 7 years.
Pastor Derrick “affectionately known as Pastor D” is a cutting-edge 21st Century leader who carries the glory of God wherever he goes. Pastor Derrick has been called Pastor by many people, even those outside of the church. Whether in the workplace, gym, etc. Pastor Derrick has been influential in ministering to many in ways that leave them filled with hope, joy, and determination.
Pastor Derrick Parker’s ministry has made a great impact on many since 2013. Through his teaching and preaching ministry many have been physically healed, delivered, set free from sinful addictions, and received salvation. Pastor Derrick possesses the heart of Christ. He desires to see everyone not only reach their fullest potential but also be everything that God has called them to be in the earth. Pastor Derrick has persevered through persecution and obstacles to stand the test of endurance. He knows that if we just stay focused on the assignment instead of the obstacles, there are better days ahead.
From 2004 to 2006, Pastor Derrick attended Dominion Leadership University (DLU) “formerly known as Kingdom School of Ministry” where he was licensed as a Minister in 2006. In November 2012, Pastor Derrick was ordained an Elder in the Lord's Church. In August 2014, he was consecrated to the Office of Pastor. Pastor Derrick believes that Christian Education is critical in preparing us for both now and eternity. In deference to that principle, Pastor Parker is a student at the Apostolic Bible Institute (ABI) located in Durham, NC. As a life-long learner, he continues to study so he can also enhance his leadership abilities.
Every Thursday @ 8:45 PM est, Pastor Derrick hosts “Discovering Your Purpose”, an interactive and engaging Bible Study which is conducted via Facebook and YouTube Live. The Purpose Experience can be felt throughout several social media platforms. Pastor Derrick has expanded the ministry’s reach utilizing Facebook Live, YouTube Live and Instagram. In this new technology age, he has also established multiple methods of electronic giving. Many people continue to be impacted globally by this Social Media Ministry.
Pastor Derrick also confronts issues that many refuse to deal with by coming against religion and tradition which makes the word of God of none effect … issues that keep the body of Christ held hostage ------- from reaching their fullest potential in the Kingdom. This includes breaking racial and denominational barriers that keep the body of Christ segregated.
Pastor Derrick is married to his lovely bride, Lady Charryse Parker. He is the proud father of 1 daughter, Faith Parker. Pastor Derrick attributes the growth and favor in his life to the prayers and support of his wife, Lady C.
Getting To Know Lady Charryse Parker
Lady Charryse Chante Parker, affectionately known as “Lady C” serves alongside her husband, Pastor Derrick Parker as First Lady of Acceleration Church. She began her spiritual walk with Christ at a young age. Lady Charryse's spiritual foundation began under the tutelage of her grandfather followed by her aunt. Her parents did not come to Christ until Lady Charryse was 7 years old. At the tender age of 10 years old, Lady Charryse was baptized in Jesus Name, and filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost at St. Matthew's Gospel Tabernacle.
As a native of Baltimore, Maryland, Lady C was educated in the Baltimore City Public School system graduating from Carver Vocational-Technical High School in 1993. She currently holds an Associates of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. Currently, Lady Charryse is a student at Grand Canyon University (GCU), where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Health.
Growing up in ministry Lady Charryse served in several capacities such as, the Junior Usher Board, secretary of the Y.P.P.U, singing on the youth choir and women’s choir, as well as serving as the church secretary. While occupying this role, “Lady C” found her niche. She truly enjoyed serving in the administrative capacity because she possessed innate qualities which made this role very natural for her. Additionally, her spiritual growth was furthered by careful nurturing and grooming provided by her former First Lady, Lady Rosa Lee Thomas. “Lady C” learned well how to serve God, her Pastor, her First Lady and her church.
Having been mentored and reared in the faith, Lady Charryse desires to pass on the wisdom that was instilled in her. During her youth, she had other role models in her life who helped her become the woman she is today. She has a passionate desire to mentor the next generation of anointed young women. Her mission is to help them to become strong independent Women in Christ. Lady C often says this passion is fueled by her inner longing to ensure that other young women do not make the same mistakes she made.
“Lady C” has a passion for souls, as well as helping people in need. Along with ministry, Lady Charryse currently works in healthcare. Growing up in ministry taught her how to be sensitive to the needs of others. Many people both young and old are drawn to her, because of her warm heart and caring spirit. Lady Charryse is a powerful prayer warrior and intercessor, who is devoted to interceding for her husband, the ministry, and God’s people.
Although Lady Charryse and Pastor Derrick were in the same graduating class, at the same high school, it was nearly 27 years later that God brought them together. They married on August 24, 2020 … the year of the COVID 19 pandemic. Something great did indeed come out of this year.