Derrick Elliott

Class of 2025, At Large

Rev. Dr. Derrick Elliott’s (Class of 2025, At Large) spiritual and professional journey is deeply rooted in his Christian faith, nurtured within the Baptist tradition from his early years to adulthood. His path took a significant turn after encountering the “God is Still Speaking” campaign by the United Church of Christ, which deeply resonated with him. This experience inspired Derrick to join a UCC in Tucson, AZ, and become a Member of Discernment within the Southwest Conference in 2013. His dedication culminated in his ordination as an authorized minister within the United Church of Christ in 2016.

Currently, Rev. Dr. Derrick serves as the Pastor of Desert Heritage Church in Mesa, AZ, and Sun Lakes UCC in Sun Lakes, AZ. He also fulfills his duties as an Air Force Reserve Chaplain at Peterson Space Force, holding the rank of Major Select. Moreover, Rev. Dr. Derrick’s extensive military service includes twelve years in the Louisiana National Guard, initially as an enlisted Administrative Assistant and later as a Military Intelligence Officer, before transitioning to his role in the Air Force Reserve.

Rev. Dr. Derrick’s diverse professional background includes roles as an elementary school teacher, Community Outreach Specialist for Homeless Veterans, Correctional Chaplain, Hospital Chaplain, and Youth Worship leader. He has also contributed his leadership to the Board of Directors for Arizona Interfaith Power & Light. His academic portfolio is impressive, featuring a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary and Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has also completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education. He has recently achieved his Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary, demonstrating his ongoing commitment to spiritual growth and educational excellence.