Derrick DeWitt was born in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Baltimore City College High School, he joined the U.S. Army where he served with distinction as a highly decorated combat veteran before retiring in 2001. During his military service, while stationed in Korea, he was called into ministry. Pastor DeWitt received his ministerial and missionary training at the Liberty Christian School where he was licensed to preach the Gospel in 1989 and ordained in 1991. Pastor DeWitt received his Bachelor of Divinity Degree in 1995 from Freelandia Bible College and Seminary. He received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Business Administration from Canterbury University in 1999. In March 2009, he received his Doctor of Arts Degree in Theology and Biblical Counseling from Rochester University.
In 2002 Pastor DeWitt being led by the Spirit, being guided through the study and mediation of his sword and standing on the premises of Isaiah 61:1-4, with 14 members by his side, he founded the Garment of Praise Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland. The church held its first service on Easter Sunday.
In June 2007, Pastor DeWitt was asked to return to his native home, Baltimore to pastor First Mount Calvary Baptist Church. With much prayer, he agreed to return to this church where he spent much of his childhood with his family. In October 2007, he was officially elected as the fourth pastor of the historic First Mount Calvary Baptist Church.
Rev. DeWitt serves as an Adjunct Professor at Anne Arundel Community College. He serves on the boards of Food and Faith at the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Medicine, Western District Police Council, and Reborn Holistic Ministries, and United World Missions to name a few. He is an Instructor for the United Missionary Baptist Convention’s Congress of Christian Education and an active part of the State Convention and National Baptist USA.
Pastor DeWitt possesses extraordinary compassion and vision when it comes to outreach ministry. His humanitarian efforts have made a huge impact both in Baltimore, and in Africa where he and his wife supports orphanages in Kenya and Uganda. His Church operates model food programs, and weekly soup kitchen, free summer camp for youth, weekly addiction ministry, and much more.
Rev. DeWitt is a loving husband to Lady Cassandra DeWitt and a devoted father of four wonderful children, Breona, Derrick II, Everardo and Anointe’. Reverend DeWitt continues to maintain a clear vision given by God and is determined to be a church that is a pillar in the community.