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I live in Boca Raton, FL, and am willing to relocate.

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I would like to work in…

  • Youth / Student Ministry

I would like to work at a…

  • Baptist church
  • Presbyterian church
  • Non-denominational church

Derek Gillespie's résumé

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I am looking for an amazing church to partner with in youth ministry.


Grace Community Church, Boca Raton, FL February 2012 - May 2020
Youth Pastor and Missions

• Develop, staff and lead a growing Ministry of 160 6th - 12th grade students and families • Develop and implement Bible studies, worship services, outreach events, local service projects • Develop Youth Worship Teams to lead youth service, church-wide services and retreats • Plan and lead yearly fall retreats, summer camps, domestic and international mission trips includes; booking bands, speakers, work sites, and Vacation Bible School sites for multiple youth mission trips
to Savannah, Baltimore, St. Louis, Florida Keys, multiple cities North Carolina, Haiti and Jamaica
• Facilitate students in establishing Fellowship of Christian Athlete clubs in two local high schools, attend weekly and develop new student leaders for continuation of clubs since inception
• Recruit youth volunteers and chaperones for 3 weekly youth groups, small groups, and trips • Develop a Youth Intern program, in 2nd year of inception 3 students are pursuing call into ministry • Create and coordinate student led annual Fall Pumpkin Patch Youth Fund Raiser • Lead annual community Meal Packing event providing over 100k meals for 3rd world countries • Collaborate with Worship Pastor and co-create a contemporary worship center • Lead contemporary worship for 450 weekly attended church-wide Sunday worship services • Member of contemporary Worship Team and fellowship, vocals for 1 to 2 services each Sunday • Build stage and set designs for yearly Vacation Bible School, Live Nativity and contemporary venue • Develop strategies to reach new students and stay connected with current students

New Hope Baptist Church, Hickory, NC August 2006 - February 2012
Associate Pastor and Minister of Students

• Minister of students grades 6th through 12th, spoke regularly at Youth Worship service • Design teaching series encompassing Bible studies, worship services and service projects • Plan annual middle school and high school beach camp, spring and fall retreats • Meet weekly with Youth Council to discuss outreach and general health of the youth group • Lead in contemporary worship service for the entire church • Source and book bands, speakers, work sites, and Vacation Bible School sites for youth mission trips, locations include several trips to New Orleans, Buffalo, Washington D.C. and St. John’s Island • Lead and develop leadership skills in summer interns in the planning of summer trips and activities • Plan fundraisers throughout the school year including Silent Auctions, Rent-A-Kid, Christmas Tree Sales, Outback Steakhouse Lunches and sale of Discount Cards
• Served as football chaplain for Saint Stephens High School for 2 years

Mauldin First Baptist Church Mauldin, SC 1999 - 2006
Youth Intern Contemporary Worship Leader

• Lead worship for contemporary youth worship service weekly and for the entire church monthly • Assist Youth Minister with planning and execution of all summer events including weekly trips, youth camps vacation Bible School, mission trips and community events
• Assist in planning and carried out event plan for annual student summer day camps • Teach Sunday School on a regular basis


Fuller Theological Seminary 2016-present
Doctorate in Youth, Family, and Culture
Graduating in June 2021

Gardner-Webb School of Divinity 2005-2008
Master of Divinity in Missiology

Anderson University 2000-2005
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry
Minor in Church Music


• Teaching • Worship Leadership • Preaching • Proficient in MS Office • Mac • PC • Worship Team Vocals • ProPresenter • Social Media Platforms • Final Cut Pro

Additional information

I have 20 years of Youth Ministry experience having discovered God’s will for my life at age 16. I am passionate in shepherding students to come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and then to grow into committed followers of Christ. I have 14 years of Youth Pastor experience leading Ministries where both families and youth learn to grow emotionally and spiritually. I am skilled in creating, leading and providing youth worship experiences, Biblical studies, community outreach and church events, Pastoral Care, Preaching and Discipleship.