INTERVIEW | Derwin L. Gray

Derwin, describe yourself for our visitors. 

I am head over heels in love with my wife Vicki, the papa of Presley (13) and Jeremiah (9), and the Lead Pastor of Transformation Church near Charlotte, N.C. ( Oh yeah, I played in the NFL for six seasons (Colts 1993-1997, Panthers 1998). I like to fish and play golf. I am much better at fishing than golf.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I try to keep in the forefront of my mind and heart that all of life is worship. Jesus is called Immanuel, which means God is with us, and through the Holy Spirit, God is in us. So when I am coaching my son’s football team, I am worshiping. When my wife and I go on a date, I am worshiping. When I get cut off in traffic, I am worshiping.

As the Lead Pastor of a growing, dynamic church, it is easy to disconnect from God by being busy. So I discipline myself to abide in Christ in all I do. This also includes having a day of rest and investing in my wife and kids as my primary ministry. I still have a long way to go; please pray for me. Thanks.

Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?

Matthew 22:37-40, Galatians 2:20, Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 3:14-21

Tell us about your current book, Hero.

Hero is about being fully alive to God, yourself, and others. In Hero, men and women will relate to topics like: getting to know the great Hero, living with passion and integrity, leaving a legacy for the people in your life, and embracing the hero within. I have written Hero in three sections: Hero challenges readers to look at the upward journey, the inward journey, and the outward journey. My wife Vicki also brings her perspective to Hero with insightful notes included throughout the book. Hero is great for individual or group study, and each chapter ends with an application section focusing on the head, the heart, and the hands, giving men (and women) a plan of action for becoming the hero God made them to be.

What influenced you to write this book?

I was asked, “What do you want to be remembered for when you die?” I said, “I want to be a hero to my wife and kids.” At that moment, the book Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart was born.

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?

Hero is not so much about lessons, but more about a Person (Jesus) and how that Person shapes us to reflect His heroic life in every sphere that we find ourselves (work, play, school, the gym, on a date). Before we go outward with lessons, we must go upward to the great Hero who empowers us with His very life to actually live our life to the fullest.

What’s next for you?

I am at the beginning stages of my next book, Dancing to the Rhythm of God’s Grace: Inviting Others To Get Down With God Too.

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