Dr. Derrick J. Hughes was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior at the age of thirteen. He accepted the call to the preaching ministry in 1985, and in 1988 he was ordained as a minister.
He holds an earned Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, a Master of Arts in Urban Ministry Degree with Cum Laude honors from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration – Marketing Degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Hughes is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Piney Grove in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Cumulatively Dr. Hughes has served as a senior pastor for nearly two decades. In addition to planting a church in Chicago, Dr. Hughes is the founder of Omnivision – The Church Doctors; a church-consulting firm focused on helping churches reach their God intended potential.
His gift has afforded him the opportunity to teach in the classroom of higher education. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is a former adjunct professor at one of the nation’s most prestigious seminaries, the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Trinity International University of Deerfield, Illinois. He teaches college students on subjects ranging from Argumentation and Persuasive Speaking, Foundations of Christian Counseling, Urban Sociology, The Sociological Aspects of the Book of Acts, American Government, Christian Thinking and Living, Practical Theology, Discipleship Across the Life Span and Life Assessment. In 2012 Dr. Hughes founded the Piney Grove Boys Academy.
He has been a lecturer and preacher for ministries across the country. He has lectured on topics such as, The History of the African American Church, The Dynamics of Church Leadership in An Urban Setting, Evangelism, Stewardship, and Church Planting.
Dr. Hughes is married to the former Deborah Bryson and loves to spend time with his family. He enjoys teaching and preaching the good news of Jesus Christ and has a passion for teaching visionary leadership and training people to reach excellence in ministry.
This anointed man of God has been blessed to touch the lives of thousands. God has used him to make a considerable impact for the kingdom. Dr. Hughes is known as a man that makes a difference. For whatever he is involved, things change for the better.