Derwin Gray

Derwin L. Gray

Founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church

Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church (TC), a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. TC was recognized as the 2nd fastest-growing church by percentage in America for 2010 by Outreach magazine. In 2011 and 2012, TC was recognized again as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America.

Pastor Derwin met his wife, Vicki, at BYU and has been married for 21 years. They have two children, Presley and Jeremiah.

After graduating from Brigham Young University, Pastor Derwin played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). During that time, he and Vicki began their journey with Christ and experienced God's faithfulness and direction as He moved their hearts to know Him and make Him known.

Click HERE to read more about Pastor Derwin's journey from playing football to pastoring a church, and to learn about the "naked preacher" who told him about Jesus.

Pastor Derwin went on to graduate magna cum laude from Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, with a concentration in Apologetics. He was and continues to be mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher, Dr. Norman Geisler. Pastor Derwin is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context at Northern Seminary.

In addition to his role at Transformation Church, Pastor Derwin is a highly sought-after
communicator who speaks nationwide and is recognized by many as the "Evangelism
Linebacker." He is the author of Hero: Unleashing God's Power in a Man's Heart, published in 2010, and Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future, released September 2013. He regularly posts strategic thoughts about Gospel-centered living and transformative leadership on his blog, Just Marinating.

The purpose of the Kainos 2015 is to gather leaders who either seek to start multi-ethnic ministries or churches, or who aspire to transition their current homogenous ministries into a multi-ethnic trajectory.

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