Reverend Derrick K. Holmes, the oldest son of Tyrell & Christine Groom, was born January 8th, 1978 in Harlem, New York.

Relocating to Columbus, Ohio as a teenager, Derrick went on to graduate from Eastmoor High School (now known as Eastmoor Academy) with a College Preparatory diploma. He went on to attend Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio, where he majored in English Education & minored in African American History. After completing his undergraduate studiesĀ at Wright State, he then went on to attend American Baptist College, obtaining a degree in Pastoral Leadership.

Reverend Holmes has written poetry, essays, and social critque that have had the privilege of being featured in various journals and publications across the country. Reverend Holmes is also a featured journalist on the website goblackcentral.com where he offers commentary on life & spirituality. He has conducted numerous lectures and workshops regarding social justice, youth mentorship, and community empowerment. He has also partnered with local organizations including the 100 Black Men of Central Ohio and the Columbus Chapter of the NAACP. Derrick spends as much time as he can in service to others. He counsels families and youth as a Licensed Christian Counselor, teaches english through the Columbus Literary Council, offers his services as a public speaker, and joins a number of local community organizations in the fight for civic equality.

Reverend Holmes was licensed and ordained as a minister at Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church where he served for eight years. He had the distinct privilege of regularly preaching and teaching Bible study as well as the honor of serving as the youth pastor while there. He has also served as an instructor with the Corinthian Bible Institute.

On April 14th, 2014, Rev. Holmes was called by God to assume the pastorate of the Second Baptist Church in Circleville, Ohio.

His favorite bible verse is James 1:2-3 “Count it all blessings when ye fall into diverse temptations, knowing ye this that the trying of faith worketh patience”.