Pastor Derwin


Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead Pastor of Transformation Church (TC), a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped community in Indian Land, South Carolina, located just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. TC also has two campuses in South Carolina Correctional Institutions, Kershaw and Lee. For three out of the last five years, TC has been recognized by Outreach magazine as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America.


Pastor Derwin met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University, and they have been married since 1992. They have two children, Presley and Jeremiah.





After graduating from BYU, Pastor Derwin played professional football in the NFL—five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993–1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). During that time, he and Vicki began their journey with Christ and experienced God’s faithfulness and direction as He moved their hearts to know Him and to make Him known. Read more about Pastor Derwin’s journey from playing football to pastoring a church, and to learn about the “naked preacher” who told him about Jesus.

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Pastor Derwin went on to graduate magna cum laude from Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, with a concentration in Apologetics. He was—and continues to be—mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher, Dr. Norman Geisler. Pastor Derwin is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in New Testament Context at Northern Seminary, and he has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary.