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Q&A with Derrick Harris


Q&A with Derrick Harris

The Southwood Session has called Derrick to be an assistant pastor for shepherding and young families. This means Derrick’s responsibilities on the pastoral team will include leading the staff and session in general congregational shepherding as well as overseeing the children’s ministry with a focus on engaging the parents of these children.

Q) Where did you grow up?  What did you like about growing up there? 
A) I’m originally from Birmingham, AL.  I really loved the friendships that I made there (especially in High School) and the food was INCREDIBLE!

Q) What was your senior superlative in high school?  and if one wasn’t bestowed upon you, what would it have been?
A) Most Unpredictable.

Q) What is your favorite city to visit?  
A) The Watercolor/Seaside area on 30A.  I love going to the beach with my family and friends and have always loved sitting by the ocean and being in awe of God.  I also LOVE the food there, especially a restaurant called Basmati’s.

Q) Do you have a hobby you’re passionate about? What is it and Why is it so great?
A) I love to play music and write songs.  I love creating, crafting, and finding creative ways to connect with people.  Music opens huge doors to build relationships with people that might never set foot in a church.

Q) What is the strangest thing you’ve ever done?
A) I released a rap album under the rap alias Suburban Legend.  The entire thing was a joke that just kept on going.

Q) What would your occupation be if you were not a pastor?  
A) This is a tough question.  But I’m gonna have to go with owner of a restaurant that serves INCREDIBLE BBQ and Craft Beer.  I LOVE BBQ and tasting craft beers so if I could own a place that allowed me to do that all the time, build relationships AND make money…that’s a WIN WIN WIN!  Of course, all pastors would eat free!

Q) What event (or events) in your own life led you to consider a call to vocational ministry?
A) I became a Christian when I was 16, during an hour of prayer while on a beach retreat with a local Baptist church (I went on the retreat only because a girl in my neighborhood invited me).  Ever since then, God has really led me each step of the way through answers to prayer.  My call into ministry was after a very direct answer to prayer over the summer after I graduated college.  I’ve been in vocational ministry ever since, that’s about 20 years now.

Lightning Round!

Q) Football or Futbol?
A) WAR EAGLE

Q) Auburn or Alabama?
A) WAR EAGLE

Q) Coffee or Tea?
A) Coffee

Q) Gibson or Fender?
A) Gibson

Q) Ford or Chevy?
A) Fordvy

Q) Cold or hot weather?
A) Hot weather, preferably 80’s

Q) Big dogs or little dogs?
A) Whatever size a boxer is, they’re my favorite dogs

Q) Lewis or Tolkein?
A) Lewis

Q) Piper or Keller?
A) Keller

Q) Dostoyevsky or Solzhenitsyn?
A) Seriously? Neither, I had to look up who they were on Google

Q) Billy Joel or Elton John?
Hold me closer Tiny Dancer!