Bishop Derrick M. Fitzpatrick graciously serves as the esteemed Pastor of Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church located in Chicago, Illinois. Bishop Fitzpatrick was born to Elbert and Clara Fitzpatrick who nurtured him and his sister Patrice, as well as his sister Carolyn. Bishop Fitzpatrick is happily married to Reshorna M. Fitzpatrick, Pastor of Proceeding Word Church. Pastor Reshorna is a tremendous blessing to the ministry and to him as a true helpmate. Together they form a powerful and dynamic duo for the Kingdom. Bishop Fitzpatrick and his wife Pastor Reshorna are the parents of three lovely children, Jasmine, John, and Jyla. They are also proud grandparents of their grandsons Jayce and Harte along with their granddaughters Kennedi and Kyndal the children of Jasmine.
Bishop Fitzpatrick was licensed and ordained by his maternal grandfather, the late Rev. James Marcellus Stone, the founding pastor of Stone Temple Church, in 1987. Pastor Stone had a tremendous impact and influence on Bishop Fitzpatrick's life. Bishop Fitzpatrick was called to pastor Stone Temple Church in September of 1996. Bishop Fitzpatrick brings with him a deep faith in God, a dynamic spiritual outlook and keen business and financial acumen. Bishop Fitzpatrick has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics and a Master of Theology from International Seminary in Florida. Bishop Fitzpatrick also has a Master Theology and Biblical Studies and an earned Doctorate of Biblical Studies and Theology from North Carolina College of Theology. Bishop Fitzpatrick has also received several honorary Doctorate Degrees and many awards and certificates in service and Christian Ministry. He and his wife Pastor Reshorna M. Fitzpatrick are the founders of Dominion College of Theology, a satellite college of North CarolinaTheological Seminary where Bishop Fitzpatrick serves as one of the Seminary's Vice Presidents.
Bishop Fitzpatrick is a bi-vocational Pastor. Along with his pastoral duties, he has worked at United Chemi-Con, Inc. for over 35 years as Engineering Manager and for the last several years as Senior Manager of Sales Administration and Promotion. With the demands of ministry, every Pastor has a need for spiritual Covering and mentorship Bishop Fitzpatrick is blessed to have many spiritually connected people in his life who help provide him with wisdom and Godly counsel. Some of the spiritual mentors are: Bishop Varnie N. Fullwood Sr. of the Eagles Nest Church Ministries Fellowship and Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Clinton, North Carolina, Pastor Nathan Proche of the Tree of Life Church in Detroit, Michigan and Bishop Will Compton of Will Compton International Ministries. The mission and ministry of Bishop Fitzpatrick continues to expand. In 2011, under the Leadership of Bishop Varnie N. Fullwood, Bishop Fitzpatrick was designated Presiding Prelate of the Eagles Nest Church Ministries Chicago Diocese.
"God has called me to a Ministry of Building People. Building People is achieved by Preaching and Teaching that God word is Life Giving and Life Changing. The Preaching and Teaching of God's word brings people to an understanding that God's word is a powerful influence on their everyday lives. God has called me to preach and teach that through the word of God, people can build a life of Self-Esteem, for with God all things are possible. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Building A Church By Building People Through Teaching and Training helps people know that success in life comes from knowing the God that made us, knowing the Christ that saved us, and knowing the Holy Ghost that Sustains us. It is Christ who gives us our strength; For the Joy of the Lord is our Strength.