Bishop Derek D. Kelly is a native of Salisbury, NC and currently resides in Lexington, NC. He was born to the Reverend & Mrs. Parnell Kelly, Jr. of which he is the firstborn of three children. Bishop Kelly began serving as a Minister of Music for various churches from the age of 13. He is an accomplished songwriter and musician and has received numerous awards for his musical achievements. Although known for his musical gifting, God has uniquely called him into the ministry of the gospel.
He answered the call to ministry in December of 1991. After faithfully serving at his home church, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Linwood, NC, he began his journey in the gospel under the leadership of the Reverend Moses Caldwell. In April of 1994, he was installed as the Senior Pastor of the New Faith Church of Lexington, NC.
In 1998, Bishop Kelly connected to the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton. He was appointed as the Director of Christian Education for the Northwest District & Director of Christian Education for the State of North Carolina providing teaching, training and spiritual development.
In December 2005, Bishop Kelly was selected a Bishop-Designate, and in September, 2006, he was duly consecrated as a Bishop in the Lord’s Church by His Eminence, Bishop Nathan J. Anderson. In August 2016 he was affirmed as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus by His Eminence, Bishop Ralph L. Dennis.
Bishop Kelly received an Associate of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from the Full Gospel Baptist College and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Shaw University, graduating summa cum laude. He has also completed Masters of Religion classes at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
Bishop Kelly is certified as a highly qualified teacher with the state of North Carolina and teaches Social Studies at Lexington Middle School. He is the past president of the Lexington Community Ministers Conference, the past chairman of Focus on Leadership of Davidson County, the past vice-chairman of the Davidson County Partnership for Children, a former board member of the North Carolina Partnership for Children, a graduate of Leadership of Davidson County, and has been a monthly columnist for the Lexington Dispatch the last 8 years.
He is married to Elder Kimerely Carpenter Kelly. She is the leader of the Women’s Ministry. They have three beautiful children: Marcus (Shamere), Derius (Kenya) and daughter Charity.