Dr. 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. His passion for serving people led him to establish over 50 life- changing ministries within Grace Church and in 2008, he founded the Dumfries Youth Center (now the Grace Youth Center) as an extension of Grace Church, which has served hundreds of high-risk children in the Dumfries area. His radio and television programs can be heard and viewed in over 2 billion homes across the globe, and more than 60 million homes in the United States.
Dr. 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. Dr. Grier serves on several boards and has served as an associate trainer for Equip, founded by John Maxwell.
Dr. Grier’s uncompromising approach to preaching and teaching the gospel has helped him lead Grace Church in phenomenal growth. In 2014, Grace Church was listed in Outreach Magazine’s annual “100 Fastest Growing Churches in America” as the 7th fastest growing church in the United States.
Dr. 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 Dr. Grier in an exclusive article, 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.”
Dr. Grier studied business administration at Howard University and earned a Master of Education degree from Regent University. He holds a Doctorate in Practical Ministry from Wagner Leadership Institute, and is now completing a Doctorate in Biblical and Theological Studies at Virginia Bible College. In May of 2015, Dr. Grier will also receive his first honorary doctorate from Beulah Heights University, one of the oldest seminaries in the United States. He has received numerous awards and was honored in the United States Congressional Record on several occasions. Dr. Grier is often asked to address elite military and governmental agencies. He has also received multiple invitations to the White House and is regularly sought out by political leaders from both sides of the aisle.
Dr. Grier is President of the newly founded Virginia Bible College. He is also the Senior Editor for bothsidesmag.com, which provides perspectives on hot-button issues of the day. He is the author of several books, including his newest release, Another 60 Minutes of Wisdom: Growth on the Go.
Dr. Grier and his wife, Yeromitou, reside in northern Virginia and have two sons: Derek Jr. and David.