Darrell became the seventh Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in July 2013. He earned a BA degree from Mississippi College and a Master's of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He has also completed his Doctoral Residency in Education and Leadership from SBTS. After serving churches in Mississippi, New Mexico, Kentucky and Indiana, he came to Richmond, Virginia, to serve as the Associate Pastor of Second Baptist Church. Later he was the Founding and Senior Pastor of Gayton Baptist Church, also in Richmond. He has facilitated in other church plants as consultant and organizer.
In addition to Darrell’s ministry career, he has served as a college adjunct professor, a company CEO and a project director in a non-profit organization. He was the Associate Director of Continuing Education and Supervised Ministry Studies at SBTS. He has served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations, including Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, New Look Youth Ministries, the Pan-African Foundation, and the Virginia Emergency Foster Care Program.
Darrell's wife Melanie is also an integral part of the congregation and plays a vital role in ministries throughout the church.