Our Pastor

Bishop Derrick M. Fitzpatrick graciously serves as the esteemed Pastor of Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church located in Chicago, Illinois. Bishop Fitzpatrick was born to Elbert and Clara Fitzpatrick who nurtured him and his sister Patrice, and surrounded him with a strong sense of family values.  Bishop Fitzpatrick is happily married to Reshorna M. Fitzpatrick, Pastor of Proceeding Word Church.  Pastor Reshorna is a tremendous blessing to the ministry and to him as a true helpmate. Together they form a powerful and dynamic duo for the Kingdom.  Bishop Fitzpatrick and his wife Pastor Reshorna are the parents of three lovely children, Jasmine, John, and Jyla. They are also proud grandparents of their grandsons Kaiden and Jayce and granddaughter Kennedi, the children of Jasmine and her husband, Timotheus Treadwell.   

Bishop Fitzpatrick was licensed and ordained by his maternal grandfather, the late Rev. James Marcellus Stone, the founding pastor of Stone Temple Church, in 1987.

Pastor Stone had a tremendous impact and influence on Pastor Fitzpatrick's life.  Bishop Fitzpatrick was called to pastor Stone Temple Church in September of 1996. Bishop Fitzpatrick brings with him a deep faith in God, a dynamic spiritual outlook and keen business and financial acumen. Bishop Fitzpatrick has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics and a Master's of Theology from International Seminary in Florida. Bishop Fitzpatrick also has a Master's of Theology and Biblical Studies and an earned Doctorate of Biblical Studies and Theology from North Carolina College of Theology. Bishop Fitzpatrick has also received several honorary Doctorate Degrees and many awards and certificates in service and Christian Ministry. He and his wife Pastor Reshorna M. Fitzpatrick are the founders of Dominion College of Theology, a satellite college of North Carolina College of Theology.
Bishop Fitzpatrick is a bi-vocational Pastor.  Along with his pastoral duties, he has worked at United Chemi-Con, Inc. for over 25 years as Engineering Manager and for the last several years as Manager of Sales and Marketing.  With the demands of ministry, every Pastor has a need for spiritual Covering and mentorship Bishop Fitzpatrick is blessed to have many spiritually connected people in his life who help provide him with wisdom and Godly counsel. Some of the spiritual mentors are: Bishop Varnie N. Fullwood Sr. of the Eagles' Nest Church Ministries and Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Clinton, North Carolina, Bishop Eddie L. Long, Senior Pastor of Newbirth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. Pastor Nathan Proché of the Tree of Life Church in Detroit, Michigan, Bishop Will Compton of Will Compton International Ministries, Pastor Neville Brooks of Jubilee International Ministries in Pittsburg, Pa.,  Apostle Bill Adkins of the Greater Imani Faith Church in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Frank M. Reid of Bethel Church in Baltimore, Maryland and others.  The mission and ministry of Bishop Fitzpatrick continues to expand.  In 2011, under the Leadership of Bishop Varnie N. Fullwood, Bishop Fitzpatrick was designated Presiding Prelate of the Eagles Nest Church Ministries – Chicago Diocese. 

"God has called me to a Ministry of Building People.  Building People is achieved by Preaching and Teaching that God's word is Life Giving and Life Changing.  The Preaching and Teaching of God's word brings people to an understanding that God's word is a powerful influence on their everyday lives.  God has called me to preach and teach that through the word of God, people can build a life of Self-Esteem, for with God all things are possible.  We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.  Building A Church By Building People Through Teaching and Training helps people know that success in life comes from knowing the God that made us, knowing the Christ that saved us, and knowing the Holy Ghost that Sustains us.  It is Christ who gives us our strength; For the Joy of the Lord is our Strength."

For speaking engagements you can contact Bishop Derrick M. Fitzpatrick by calling 888-363-6464 or by email at bishop@stonetemple.org