Senior Pastor

photo of Rev. Derrick PorterRev. Derrick Porter

Rev. Porter is our Senior Pastor and primary preaching pastor for Sunday morning traditional (liturgical) and contemporary (SonSpirit) worship services. He also provides oversight, leadership, and vision for the church.

Born and raised in West Chester, Pa., Rev. Porter is from a family of many pastors, including his father, grandfather, an aunt, and an uncle. He originally decided to enter the education field and graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Arts Education from Cheyney State College and a M.Ed. in Industrial Arts Education from the University of Maryland.

He married Michele in 1984, and they subsequently accepted teaching positions in Miami, Fla. They returned to our area the following year, and Rev. Porter took a teaching position in New Jersey. During his eight years of teaching, he earned his Delaware Secondary School Principal’s certificate. In 1993 he accepted the position of Assistant Principal at William Penn High School in New Castle.

Rev. Porter received his calling to the ministry in 1994. His first UMC assignment was as Student Local Pastor with the New Castle-Mt. Salem Charge in 1994. Rev. Porter became Pastor of Mt. Joy UMC in Wilmington in 1997, where he served for 13 years.

He began his seminary work in 1995 at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and later transferred to Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he earned the degree of Master of Divinity in 2002. He was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2004.

In 2010 Rev. Porter was appointed to the position of District Superintendent of the Wilmington District, of which NUMC is a part, within the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. From 2014–2016, he served as Dean of the Cabinet.

If you have a pastoral concern, you may contact Rev. Porter by calling 302-368-8774 Mon.–Fri. during regular business hours. If you’d simply like to send him a message that is not sensitive in nature, contact us.