Gary Derbyshire


May 7, 2019
A Sunday in the Life of a Pastor
Gary Derbyshire

Please don't get sick. At 4:45 am, on Palm Sunday, my alarm went off from my phone by the bedside. It usually takes me about 15 minutes to get out of bed and be functional, and I don’t want anything taking away from my hour with the Lord to begin the day. I sniffed, a […]

November 30, 2018
4 Reasons the Bible Should Drive Your Prayer Life
Gary Derbyshire

Last Sunday, I preached a sermon as part of our God with Us Series called God with Us in Confession from Daniel 9:1-19. I observed that Daniel read in “the books” and the writings of the prophet Jeremiah God’s plan for Daniel’s people while in captivity in Babylon (v. 1-2) and immediately proceeded to give a […]

October 31, 2018
Is God Punishing Me?
Gary Derbyshire

Few questions in life are more common or more inflammatory than, “Is God punishing me?” It is a question asked by suffering people everywhere, Christian or non-Christian. In the past two months, I have been preaching through the books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. One of the biggest points of emphasis from these prophets is that […]

September 28, 2018
5 Ways a Retiring Pastor Prepared the Church for His Successor
Gary Derbyshire

I am at the end of my first month as senior pastor and what an incredible ride it has been. Since being voted as Senior Pastor of Apollo Baptist Church in Glendale, Arizona on August 6 my wife and I have sold our home in Mesa, purchased a new home in Glendale, and have met […]

August 31, 2018
6 Firsts I Can't Wait to Do as a Senior Pastor
Gary Derbyshire

August 2018 has certainly been a month of firsts for my family: first time trying to sell a house, first time taking a kindergartner to school, and first day of a new semester of seminary. However, the greatest first of this month is certainly the one that happened on August 6, the first time being […]

August 29, 2018
The Revitalization of a Student Ministry
Gary Derbyshire

Photo Credit: Jeremy Rodriguez Sitting in my office at Gateway Fellowship knowing this is my last week as a youth pastor is so surreal. Selling a house, transitioning three different ministries, and saying goodbye to so many people I love has given me little time for writing though there is much to write about. Last […]

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