Hi I’m Derek
I’m a husband to Jessica, father to Elijah, and church planter and elder at Heart of The Father Winter Haven, a community whose mission is to know Jesus Christ fully and make Him known faithfully.
I’m committed to being a voice laying Jesus as the foundation in The Church and overseeing Voice of One Ministries, whose focus is laying Christ as the foundation by faithfully proclaiming The Gospel. I’m also devoted to fathering and preparing the next generation of authentic Christ followers.
I was saved at 15 years old at the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola FL. Three years later I became a student at Brownsville Revival School of Ministry. After graduating I returned to Central Florida where I would begin several years of wilderness training. I found myself at age 27 in jail and desperate for Him. God’s grace and mercy encountered me as The Father called me back to Pensacola where it all started for me. During this time He began to restore me back to my purpose in Jesus. I was blessed to find great fathers and mothers at The Summit Church near Pensacola. It was there that I met and married my beautiful wife Jessica and the destiny for our lives began to unfold. It was during our time at The Summit that we launched Voice of One Ministries. We began to see doors open up supernaturally in several states to travel and proclaim Jesus Christ in the earth. Over a 2 year period we saw mighty signs and wonders as lives were impacted by The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It was during the summer of 2015 that The Father spoke to us about our call to build book of Acts Churches in the earth. In 2015 God called us to move back home once again and begin the journey and process of church planting.
In 2016 we were blessed with the great privilege to be mentored by Jeremiah Johnson and the elders at Heart of The Father Lakeland, FL. During our time and process in Lakeland, we were given the opportunity to oversee and pastor the young adult ministry. We started with twelve young adults in our apartment and saw this ministry grow to over one-hundred and twenty young adults gathering to worship Jesus on a Thursday night, some nights late into the evening.
In 2018 we were blessed and sent to Winter Haven, FL to plant and launch our current community, Heart of the Father Ministry-Winter Haven. We find it one of the greatest opportunities to help oversee and pastor the body of believers in Winter Haven. We are currently residing in Winter Haven, FL as the staff elder in the church we planted as well as overseeing Voice of One Ministries. In 2021 we planted The Ark Church Brevard located in Cocoa, FL, where we currently minister weekly on Saturdays. We are also enjoying being parents to little Elijah James Kelly who was born in October!
Derek and Jessica Kelly have been happily married for 7 years and have a beautiful son named Elijah James. Derek serves as the staff and teaching elder at Heart of The Father - Winter Haven the church they planted in 2018. Jessica serves as the worship pastor and co-labors with Derek and two other elder couples in pastoring the community in Winter Haven. In 2021 they planted The Ark Church Brevard located in Cocoa, Fl where they pastor and minister on Saturdays. Jessica also serves as the worship pastor and co-labors with Derek in leading the community. Together they help to lead and oversee Voice of One Ministries and believe their call is to father and mother authentic disciples who burn in devotion to Jesus. Derek and Jessica love married and parenting life and the joy of doing life together.