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About Rev. Dr. Derrick R. Rhodes

Rev. Dr. Derrick Rhodes

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Dr. Rhodes is a native of Greensboro, NC. He is married to the former Zina Carter.

Dr. Rhodes did his undergraduate work at North Carolina Central University in the area of Pre- Law, and his theological training at Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. He also obtained his Doctor of Ministry Degree at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. In addition, he did further study at the Pastoral Institute in the area of Pastoral Counseling. The American Association of Pastoral Counselors recognizes him as a Pastoral Care Specialist.

Presently, he is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Ecclesial Organizational Leadership at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a member of Leadership Atlanta class of 2006. He was also chosen to participate in the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.

In 2009, the American Jewish Council chose Dr. Rhodes to participate in the Project Interchange Program to visit the Holy land and meet with leading Israeli and Palestinian academicians and policymakers to learn about the complex reality that Israel and the Middle East face, and gain current views about the Israel and Palestinian conflict.

He is the founder and first president of the West Georgia Ministerial Alliance. He is a past member of the North Georgia Conference United Methodist Board of Ordained Ministry; he is a past preaching coach for the North Georgia Board of Ordained Ministry; he is a past member of the Conference Finance Committee; he is a past member of the Interdenominational Theological Center Board of Trustees; past chairperson of the Trusteeship and Nominations Committee of the Interdenominational Theological Center; and past member of Gammon Theological Seminary Board of Trustees.

He is also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and a member of Prince Hall Mason St. James Lodge #4.

Dr. Rhodes is the author of the following books:

  1. If You Want God to Help You
  2. Interreligious & Interfaith Dialogue – Ecumenical Workbook: Overcoming Barriers That Divide
  3. If You Want God to Help You be at Peace.
  4. Living a Successful Life Today

Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

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