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 several partnerships with correctional facilities throughout South Carolina.


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


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 mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher, Dr. Norman Geisler. In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. In 2018, he received his Doctor of Ministry in the New Testament in Context at Northern Seminary under Dr. Scot McNight.


In addition to his role at Transformation Church, Pastor Derwin speaks at conferences nationwide and is the author of several books.

The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches about Finding True Happiness (Coming June 2020)
Everyone wants to be happy. But what if the happiness we’re all striving for isn’t the happiness we were created for? Pastor Derwin Gray believes there is a path to true happiness. It is a life lived with Jesus by embracing the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12. As you walk through these words, Jesus invites you into a new life-giving rhythm that cultivates a flourishing, happy, transformative life. Learn more and preorder at

More Books
Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2010)
Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013)
Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study (2015)
The High-Definition Leader (2015)