About Derwin Gray

Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community that loves God completely (Upward), ourselves correctly (Inward), and our neighbors compassionately (Outward) in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in America for 2010 by Outreach Magazine.

Gray met his wife, Vicki, at BYU and has been married for 19 years. They have two children, Presley and Jeremiah. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (Summerside Press, 2009) and is a highly sought-after communicator. He’s also recognized by many as the Evangelism Linebacker. He’s had the honor of teaching in a variety of settings including Billy Graham Evangelistic Association events, the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Exponential Conference, Simply Youth Ministry Conference, Greg Stier’s Dare 2 Share Ministries, Tommy Nelson Song of Solomon For Students Conferences and at universities and conferences around the country.

On #Ferguson, and Why We Need More Multi-Ethnic Churches


Transformation Church Baptisms

Mike Brown, an unarmed 18 year-old, black teenager was recently shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. This is a sad, horrific, and an all too familiar ugly story. DIFFERENT WORLDS We don’t know all the details of what went down in Ferguson, but what we do know is […]

Instead of Building Your Platform, Build Your Character



Pastor, words like “platform” and “influence” are important. But if we aren’t careful, in our desire to build our platform and influence, we can end up building our EGO. As leadership gurus Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges say, “EGO stands for ‘Edging God Out’.” BUILD YOUR CHARACTER Instead of building your platform, focus more on […]

Are We Doing Discipleship Wrong?



In the American educational system, from first grade all the way up through high school, we’re taught to memorize INFORMATION, and then take a test. If we pass the intellectual test, then we move on to the next grade. We’ve transferred this learning pattern to Christianity. We’re trained to learn Bible concepts, principles and doctrines […]

And the Key to Discipleship Is…


Discipleship Is

Biblical, Jesus-empowered, Gospel-centered, grace-infused discipleship transforms a person’s mind and emotions. This beautiful, God the Holy Spirit-enabled act results in a life that progressively reflects Jesus. I graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a Masters of Divinity Degree, with a concentration in Apologetics, from Southern Evangelical Seminary under Norm L. Geisler, Ph.D. I am currently a […]

What Do You Do When a Staff Member Wants to Leave?


Staff Member Leaving

Pastors, what do you do when staff wants to leave and join the staff of another church? And I’m not talking about the staff you want to leave. I’m talking about the “star” that really moves the vision of the church further, faster. Now, let me preface the rest of the blog with this note: […]

Video: When the American Dream Disappoints


Derwin Gray Preachin

The American Dream, it’s something we’ve all heard about. For some, it’s something that we feel we’re all entitled to. But what happens when you wake up from the American Dream and you’re sorely disappointed? Watch as Pastor Derwin Gray explains!

Dear Millennial Christian, Discover Your Calling



Dear Millennial Christian, Hi, my name is Derwin. I’m the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church. I want to share a couple of thoughts with you pertaining to discovering “your calling”? WHAT IS A “CALLING” FROM GOD? A calling from God is an invitation from God Himself, inviting you to partner with Him in redeeming […]

8 Reasons Why the Apostle Paul Wants Churches to be Multi-Ethnic



The Apostle Paul did not go into a Greco-Roman city and plant a church for the Jews and then a church for gentiles (non-Jews) because it would have been out-of-step with the Gospel he loved, lived, and proclaimed (Galatians 2:11-21). Paul relentlessly believed that the power of the Gospel could create a new kind of […]

Video: Jesus’ Applause Is Enough



In today’s culture, it seems everyone has a desire to be a star. People crave attention and accolades, and let’s face it – some will do just about anything for five minutes of fame. Reality TV is a prime example. But really, the applause of ONE is truly enough. Watch as Pastor Derwin explains!

Leadership: I Wonder if We Got It Wrong?


Foot Washing

Pastors, we talk, preach and make much about leadership and how to be great leaders. But I wonder if we have it wrong? I wonder if our view of leadership is more like that of the pagan Romans than that of Jesus. During the Passover, Jesus’ disciples were talking to Jesus about leading and leadership […]

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