Bishop Derek Grier currently serves as the founding pastor of Grace Church in Dumfries, Virginia. Grace Church began in 1998 with 12 people and has grown to more than 4,000 members and over 50 life-changing ministries. In 2008, he founded the Dumfries Youth Center (now the Grace Youth Center) as an extension of Grace Church. It has served hundreds of high-risk children in the Dumfries area.
Bishop Grier studied business administration at Howard University and has taken several courses with King’s University. He earned a master’s of education degree from Regent University and also holds a doctorate in practical ministry. Bishop Grier currently serves on several boards. He also served as an associate trainer for Equip, founded by John Maxwell, and has been internationally certified with the program since July 26, 2011.
Bishop Grier was ordained a bishop in 2008 by Dr. Myles Munroe. He currently mentors hundreds of Christian leaders and business owners through the Renaissance Leadership Network (RLN). He has received numerous awards and is President of the newly founded Virginia Bible College (VBC).
Bishop Grier’s uncompromising approach to preaching and teaching the gospel has helped him lead Grace Church in phenomenal growth. The highly acclaimed Outreach Magazine lists Grace Church as one of the fastest growing African American Churches in the nation and it is among the top 100 fastest growing of all churches.
Bishop Grier is nationally recognized as a thought leader on engaging the culture and continues to earn the respect of leaders from all political stripes. The Washington Post recently featured Bishop Grier in an inclusive, highlighting his increasing influence in politics and culture. The Washington Post writes, “In many ways, he illustrates a new kind of high-profile African American pastor. He is well educated. He is not a member of a major religious convention. And he refuses to align himself with the Democratic or Republican parties.”
Bishop Grier is also Senior Editor for bothsidesmag.com, which provides spiritual perspectives on hot-button issues of the day. He has been invited to the White House on several occasions and has been sought out by political leaders from both sides of the aisle.
Bishop Grier has become a prominent voice in the Washington, DC metropolitan area through his Ministry Minute, Pandora Moments, and Grace for Today television and radio broadcasts, which have expanded both nationally and internationally. He is the author of several books, including his newest release Another 60 Minutes: Growth on the Go, published by Thomas Nelson.
Bishop Grier and his wife, Yeromitou, reside in northern Virginia and have two sons:
Derek Jr. and David.