Derek Antone Bell was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1962 at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the first child born to Frank and Carole Bell, and is the oldest of three. Pastor Bell’s early childhood education was spent at St. Raymond’s Catholic School. While at St. Raymond’s, he was taught and learned about Christ and began to develop a personal relationship with his Lord and Savior. During those years, Pastor Bell served as an altar boy. Throughout his childhood, he was also responsible for helping to raise his two younger brothers, while his mother worked to keep a roof over the family’s head.
Pastor Bell graduated from Neshaminy Langhorne High School in 1981 and went on to attend Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. While there, he became the president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, president of the Biology Club, a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, and featured in the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars Telethon, representing the State of North Carolina. He graduated with honors, from Shaw University, in 1987. Shortly after graduation, Pastor Bell married Linda Whitehead from Rocky Mount, North Carolina. They are the proud parents of two children, Michael and Courtney. Read More