Pastor Derick Brennan is a native of Philadelphia, PA and is married to Alberta Brennan, Esquire. They are the proud parents of a son, David.
Pastor Brennan is a prolific preacher, speaker, and teacher of the Word of God, having ministered in South America, Europe, and the Caribbean. He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C with a concentration in Organization Leadership. He also holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Pennsylvania State University. Complementing Pastor Brennan’s educational credentials is his extensive vocational experience, which includes business consulting for major corporations.
Pastor Brennan began his pastoral call at Second Canaan Baptist Church, in Harlem, New York, where he faithfully served until 2006.
He is the Senior Pastor at his home church, Canaan Baptist Church in Germantown. Canaan is a large thriving urban congregation, that highlights a multitude of intergenerational ministries serving infants through mature adults, an Arts Ministry, Health and Fitness Classes, and an active Community Development Corporation. Under his leadership, the church successfully completed a seven year, two million dollar plus capital campaign above and beyond the church’s operational budget. Those funds were utilized to renovate the church’s historic sanctuary, acquire an adjacent property, and develop three contiguous properties owned by Canaan into Family, Economic, and Education Empowerment Centers. These centers serve the community through a biblical approach that is holistic in focus and empowering in application.
Pastor Brennan has fostered partnerships with local and regional philanthropies to provide services to the disadvantaged including mentoring boys, providing pro bono legal counsel, distributing food and clothing, aiding the elderly with home renovations, assisting families of the incarcerated, and mobilizing volunteers to build schools and to serve in orphanages in Uganda.
Pastor Brennan is an advisor for the Urban Theological Institute at Lutheran Theological Seminary, a past Vice Moderator of the PA Eastern Keystone Baptist Association, a Lott Carey Pastoral Excellence Program participant, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
One of his favorite verses of scripture is Isaiah 61:1, which states: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners.”