BISHOP DEREK G. OWENS-PASTOR
Bishop Derek G. Owens was born in Mount Vernon, NY. His parent’s businessmen and entrepreneurs Leroy & Peggy Owens have been charitable benefactors in their community. Bishop Owens received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost (speaking in tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance) at the age of 20, while studying in the Western New England College’s Law Library that lasted approximately three hours. I found myself praying the scripture found in Proverbs 2:3-6 (Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as hid treasures; Then thou shalt understand the fear of the LORD, and find the KNOWLEDGE of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding). Upon graduating from American International College with a full basketball scholarship, Bishop Owens had the opportunity to play professional basketball in Ireland or take a lucrative job offer in Boston MA. The Spirit of God told me not to do either. This was the first time Bishop Owens heard the Holy Spirit speak audibly in that manner.
At this time in Bishop Owens life he was a little confused but everywhere he went, strangers would come up to me and declare how they dreamed about him preaching the Gospel. Bishop Owens would constantly have dreams and visions about preaching the Gospel although it was not his goal. The next several years Bishop Owens would go to his desert place, as Moses went to the wilderness of Midian for 40 years, Elijah in the wilderness 40 days, Jesus in the wilderness 40 days, Paul spent time in the Arabian desert and John on the isle of Patmos for a season, Bishop Owens would be no different. In the wilderness the LORD provided for Bishop Owens in abundance and strongly impressed upon him Heb 11:6 (Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that cometh to GOD, Must believe that HE IS, and that HE IS a rewarder of them that diligently seek him).
After marriage in 1987, the LORD began to move Bishop Owens quickly in the ministry:
1988 ordained a Teacher.
1989 ordained a Minister.
1990 ordained an Elder.
1995 ordained a Bishop.
Bishop Owens has a Masters Degree in Computer Science at New York University [NYU]. Bishop Owens works for a major telecommunications company as a Senior Consulting Engineering Manager. Bishop Owens was a chaplain for Shalom Nursing home and taught several classes at a Theological Institute in Mount Vernon. The Lord showed Bishop Owens in a Vision that as he travels across the world doing work for a major telecommunications company, He will travel across the world doing the Lord’s Work!!! Bishop Owens had a weekly Bible-Study series called “A Study in the WORD ” on radio station WTHE, 1520 on the AM dial until the Lord dealt with him to start a church. Bishop Owens desire is to see souls saved, liberated and God’s people delivered.
Bishop Owens is happily married to the former Sheila Denise Coates and there union has produced (4) children: Marques, Aaron, Danielle and Stephan.