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From the age of ten MINISTER DERELL EDDINGS, after his mother and father split for good, was raised by his mother by herself. MINISTER DERELL, the youngest of five children (4 boys and 1 girl), was profoundly affected by the split of his mother and father. The absence of a father left a huge void: mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, within MINISTER DERELL. What kept MINISTER DERELL from completely turning to dangerous alternatives to fill that void: gangs, drugs, meaningless sex, the streets, was the understanding of MINISTER DERELL’S mother that in order for her and her children to survive they had to stay close to GOD.
MINISTER DERELL’S mother took him and his siblings to Church on a regular basis. Going to Church allowed MINISTER DERELL to be around not only strong men but strong men of GOD. MINISTER DERELL was able to see what true manhood was all about. Being around those strong men of GOD gave MINISTER DERELL the opportunity to see that submitting your life to GOD, and accepting Jesus Christ into your life, does not make one a weak man. That in fact it makes one strong.
At the age of 13 MINISTER DERELL realized that he had the gift to write: the gift to write songs, raps, poetry, prayers and stories. However, like many young Christian teenagers MINISTER DERELL was trying to live on both sides of the fence. He was trying to walk with Jesus and live for the world at the same time. As a result, many of MINISTER DERELL’S early writings were not truly reflective of his faith, nor were they truly reflective of what GOD had chosen him to do. At the age of 17 MINISTER DERELL made a conscious decision to completely give his life to GOD and accept Christ totally into his life.
At the age of 21 MINISTER DERELL began to study to become a MINISTER and soon there after was licensed as MINISTER in the Church of GOD in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.). MINISTER DERELL has spent the last 8 yrs studying, being groomed by Church Elders, learning, nurturing his gifts, falling down and getting back up again. MINISTER DERELL has faced many obstacles: losing his mother, brother, grandmother, and best friend, and being homeless with a wife and three children to provide for all in a three year period. But all those struggles have taken MINISTER DERELL to where he is now: a published author and poet, a YOUTH MINISTER and mentor, a father and husband. It was well worth the trip.