Senior Pastor Dr. Derrick Harkins – Feb 6 2011

Educational Background

· Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting and Film, Boston University
· Master of Divinity degree in Church History earned at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, NY
· Doctorate in Homiletics earned at United Seminary, Dayton, Ohio

Family Information

Dr. Harkins and his wife Juli Anne Harkins are the parents of two daughters.


The Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins is the Senior Pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington DC.

Prior to his pastorate in Washington, Dr. Harkins was the Senior Minister of the New Hope Baptist Church of Dallas Texas. During his tenure there he served as President of the Greater Dallas Community of Churches and was a founding board member of both The Dallas Leadership Foundation and the Morals and Values Project. He continues to be active in various religious and civic organizations, and has been a consistent advocate for greater awareness in the local and global battle against HIV/AIDS. He has appeared regularly in a number of media outlets and has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio.


Senior Pastor’s History With The Church

Under Dr. Harkins’ leadership the ministries of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington DC have expanded to include the homeless of Washington as well as the poorest of Burkina Faso, West Africa. Pastor Harkins has been privileged to preach in pulpits across the globe, ranging from the Park Street Church in Boston to the Historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York (where his ministerial career began) to a Pentecostal congregation in Rwanda. He serves on the Board of Directors for World Relief, as well as Faith in Public Life. He is a member of Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and has served as a vice president of the North American Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance.