Our Pastor

Bishop Derek T. Triplett is a servant leader in ministry for over 25 years and yet there is still more to come.  This innovative vessel is sold out to the cause of Christ.  In addition to preaching, teaching, speaking, and writing, he serves the Daytona Beach community in various civic, economic, youth & educational initiatives, and has been a student at the Reformed Theological Seminary.  He is the proud father of Destanni and Donovan Triplett. 

After making a name for himself as a gifted preacher, Bishop Triplett travels the country as a guest speaker, revivalist, and more while Hope Fellowship Church has become a vibrant and model church to the east central Florida region.  He serves as Senior Pastor/Teacher and Youth Pastor.



Derek T. Triplett accepted his call to preach the gospel on May 22, 1986 and at age 19 he was licensed on June 15, 1986.  He grew and developed under the auspices of the Southern Union Missionary Baptist Church of St. Louis, MO and the pastorate of his father the Rev. Tommie L. Triplett, Jr.  He facilitated weekly campus worship services on the campus of his alma mater Bradley University.  



In January 1989, he became an ordained Elder at Southern Union continuing to excel in ministry.  Upon graduating from Bradley University, Reverend Triplett relocated to Daytona Beach in 1989 to begin his professional career at Proctor and Gamble.  While working, he served as an Associate Minister at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of Pastor Carlos Malone.  



In 1992, Mt. Carmel called Reverend Triplett as their Senior Pastor.  Pastor Triplett served as Pastor from 1992-1995.



The Lord spoke to Pastor Triplett and said “give the people Hope,” and began to unfold the vision of a new ministry in Daytona Beach.  Shortly afterwards, in June 1995, Pastor Triplett founded Hope Fellowship Full Gospel Baptist Church in affiliation with the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr.  He now serves as the Senior Pastor of both the Hope Fellowship Church and the Great Change Fellowship Church of East Orlando.

 He also founded:

  • Derek Triplett Ministries, Inc. (DTM)
  • 3D Trip Music, LLC
  • TripWear Clothing



In 1998, Pastor Triplett received another elevation and was consecrated Bishop by the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.  For 10 years he served in numerous capacities:

  • Full Gospel including State Bishop of Florida
  • Instructor and Faculty Chair for the Full Gospel School of Ministry
  • Bishop of Youth.
  • Bishop Triplett and HFC moved affiliations and he now serves as Bishop of the Ninth Diocese for the United Pentecostal Churches of Christ, under the leadership of his Spiritual Father, Bishop Larry D. Trotter, Presiding Prelate. 



Bishop Triplett is not only a gifted speaker, preacher and teacher; God has blessed him to be an extraordinary songwriter.  Bishop Triplett released two music recordings:

  • “Yes, There is Hope” released in November 1998
  • “Praise You With My Life” released in the Spring of 2008 
    Live recording – Derek Triplett featuring Hope Fellowship Chorale

Former and Present Community Efforts and Affiliations

  • The Civic League of the Halifax Area
  • Executive Committee
  • Growth & Economic Development Committee
  • Daytona Beach Rotary
  • Workforce Development Board of Flagler and Volusia Counties, Inc.
  • Member of the Executive Board
  • Development Committee Chair
  • Daytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District
  • R.E.D.D. Ribbon Task Force
  • City of Daytona Visioning Steering Committee
  • City of Daytona Economic Development Advisory Board
  • Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance Past President
  • Daytona Beach Leadership Alumni Council
  • Daytona Beach Police Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Volusia County School African-American Advisory Committee
  • Volusia County School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
  • Neighborhood Watch For Education
  • Life Member of NAACP
  • BCU Faith Initiative
  • Black Community Leadership Council
  • Bridges Education Group
  • Say it Out Loud Public Speaking Academy
  • Sheriff Chaplain
  • United Way Youth Advisory Council
  • YMCA Corporate Board  2000-2006

 Hope Fellowship Church Community Outreach

  • Alexis Center for Youth Enrichment
  • Community Back to School Prayer Meeting
  • Derbyshire Citizen of the Year
  • Derbyshire Day
  • Hope Poetry Jam
  • Man-up Basketball League
  • One Stop Career System Career Link
  • Restoring Hope Incorporated
  • Title 1 Back to School Principals Luncheon
  • Voter Registration and Participation Drives

 Awards, Features, and Recognitions

  • 2008 Halifax Area Chamber – Marvin Samuels Award
  • Outstanding Citizen, City of Daytona 125th Anniversary
  • Daytona Beach – Volusia County Chapter of NAACP
  • Gospel Today Magazine
  • Upscale Magazine
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • Florida View Magazine

 Featured Speaker/Anchor

  • The Word Network - Rejoice in the Word with Bishop Greg Davis
  • The Word Network (Featured Anchor) – Essence Music Festival Coverage
  • Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) – Holy Land Experience
  • Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) – Praise the Lord with Clifton Davis
  • City of Daytona Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet
  • Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Conference
  • United Covenant Churches of Christ Holy Convocation
  • City Wide Revival, Baltimore, MD
  • I Hear the Music in the Air Music Conference
  • Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference (Gospel Today Magazine)


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