Pastor R. Derrick Parks
Derrick was born and raised in the extreme poverty of Camden, NJ. He was born again at the age of 18. He was a teenage father who had recently become a single father. As he held his 18-month-old son in his arms his Godmother asked him a pivotal question. She said, “Son, can you imagine giving your son’s life up to save someone else’s life?” She shared the gospel of Jesus Christ being given up as a ransom for him. Derrick received the Lord on that day.
From that point on the Lord connected him with some God-fearing men who he had befriended earlier in life at PBU. These men began to disciple him in the Gospel and he began to walk rightly before the Lord. In 2009, at the age of 24, he married his beautiful wife and started doing ministry in the city of Camden at various churches serving as a youth pastor. Derrick connected back up with Pastor Doug Logan in Camden in 2012 at Epiphany Fellowship Church. Derrick and his wife began to serve there faithfully. Derrick was eventually ordained as a Teaching Elder. Derrick began to discern the Lord’s calling to plant a church in 2014 after reading a Newsweek article about Wilmington, DE titled, “Murdertown USA”. Derrick and his family are entrenched in that journey for the long haul.
Elders and Deacons
Elders are male leaders of the church who are also called pastors, bishops, and overseers (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:2). The elders are men chosen for their ministry according to clear biblical requirements (1 Timothy 2:11-3:7; Titus 1:5-9). The elders are always spoken of in plurality because God intends for more than one man to lead and rule over the church as a safeguard for both the church and the man. The eldersʼ duties include ruling (1 Timothy 5:17), managing (1 Timothy 3:4-5), tending (1 Peter 5:2-5), giving account (Hebrews 13:17), living exemplary lives (Hebrews 13:7), using authority (Acts 20:28), teaching (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 3:2), preaching (1 Timothy 5:17), doctrinal instruction (Titus 1:9), and discipline (Matthew 18:15–17).
Deacons are male and female servants of the church who are chosen for their ministry of overseeing and caring for Godʼs people by qualifications that are nearly identical to the elders minus the teaching and preaching abilities (1 Timothy 3:8-13). Deacons are those who serve the church by leading in mercy and helping with administration. The deacon ministry may have officially begun in the early church in Acts 6:1-6.
Epiphany Church of Wilmington is committed to discipling and training leaders, and church members (called In-Covenant Missionaries) have the privilege and responsibility of recognizing, electing, and prayerfully supporting these leaders.