Derrick LaMart Miles was born July 24, 1968, to the union of John Modest and Jeanette Richard Miles in Detroit, Michigan, as the youngest of three children (Gerald Lorenzo and Janet Lorraine). Derrick Miles was reared in Little Rock, Arkansas, as a preacher’s kid, who loved to sneak into the pulpit behind his daddy and follow him around to various churches.
After accepting the call, Rev. Miles enrolled at the Arkansas Baptist College where he majored in Secondary Education-Social Studies. During his matriculation at Arkansas Baptist College, Rev. Miles pledge Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and was vice president of the Student Body. In May 1991, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
With a thirst for more Biblical truths, Rev. Miles moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he enrolled at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After averaging 44 credit hours in two years, Rev. Miles graduated Cum Laude in 1993, with a Master of Divinity Degree. After graduating from Seminary, Rev. Miles continued as the Youth Pastor of the Morning Star Baptist Church and began his tenure as a certified teacher in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. In January 1996, Rev. Miles was called to Pastor the True Victory Baptist Church of Kansas City, Kansas. Pastor Miles resigned his post as a Resource Teacher and Pastor of True Victory in August of 1998.
Pastor Miles accepted the call to come to Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in July, 1998. Under Pastor Miles administration, Greater Friendship experiences awesome spiritual, physical, and financial growth. Greater Friendship is busy building the church inside and out.
The successes of Greater Friendship and Pastor Miles are too- numerous to pen. Many ministries have been developed for the purpose of developing the whole person. Pastor Miles leadership has led the church to begin a campaign to reach the community through faith-based initiatives. Pastor Miles serves as the Board Chairman to The Greater Friendship Community Development Corporation (F.A.C.E.S) On May 20, 2006, Greater Friendship Baptist Church became a debt free facility.
Rev. Miles enrolled in a doctoral program in June of 1999 and in May 2002, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary conferred upon Rev. Derrick Miles the Doctor of Ministry Degree. “The Ship” is proud of its pastor, Dr. Derrick L. Miles and all of his accomplishments.
Frequently asked to serve as an instructor and guest speaker for various community wide events, lectures, seminars, workshops, and revivals all over the country, Dr. Miles is committed to enlist the sinner, equip the saints and encourage the secluded. Dr. Miles’ ability to make the word of God plain to all people is a gift that God has given him and that he continues to give to the people of God.
One thing is evident, Pastor Miles has a shepherd’s heart and he loves to work with people. His commitment is: “To be the best servant possible for my Master and His people.”
Dr. Derrick Miles is married to Veronica Renee (Seewright) Miles.