Love and a genuine desire for healing and transformation of people and human society are the driving forces behind the dedicated work of Reverend Derrick D. Joyce. As a third generation pastor, he accepted the Lord’s call to preach the Word. Rev. Joyce preached his first sermon on July 31, 1994 at Shiloh M.B. in Daytona Beach, Florida. He personifies what the Bible celebrates: the power of born-again believers taking action and transforming our world.Rev. Joyce has demonstrated his courage and wisdom by making significant strides toward closing the achievement gap among racial and ethnic groups.
One of his greatest accomplishments is founding Tennessee’s first public charter school in July 2003, the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences Middle School. The academy offers underserved students access to high quality education and career readiness and was recognized in 2015 by Newsweek Magazine and U.S News and World Report as a top performing school in the nation. Rev. Joyce’s commitment to create a whole new level of energy, collaboration, and interdependent life goes far beyond education and his church ministry. While president of the 100 Black Men of Memphis, Inc.,
Rev. Joyce established the KidBiz Financial Literacy Conference, the Executive Shadowing Project, and a Youth Leadership Conference. He has received the Noble Prize for Volunteerism established in 1972 by Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, honored to speak on trade imbalances at a world economic conference in Milan, Italy, led “the Monument” as the first African American congregation to host the Mid-South Baptist Association (MSBA) Annual Celebration in 112 years, became the 1st African American Moderator of the MSBA in its 114 year history in October 2017, and in 2017 executive produced the Compassion 3-1-1 CD.Rev. Joyce’s courage and conviction has made him a steadfast agent of community change and a dutiful senior servant of “The Monument.” His motto is “a man living for himself is living for a dying cause.”
Senior Pastor Derrick Joyce