Deryk Hayes, Interim Pastor

Deryk D. Hayes is first and foremost a child of God our Father in Heaven and a servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. By God’s grace he is the husband of Jeanine M. Hayes and together they are the parents of two brilliant and beautiful daughters, Leryk Mizani (12) and Journey Mirage (5).

Deryk has served in many capacities such as a provider of Clinical Pastoral Care within the Behavior, Critical Care and Emergency units of Rockford Health System. He has functioned as a Program Director for a local community center, a Community Development and Human Services Manager for Rockford Public Housing and also as a Student Support Manager (Dean of Students) for a local elementary and middle charter school. Deryk has served on a number of different boards such as the Chief of Police Advisory Committee, Alignment Rockford Educational Improvement Council, and The My Brother’s Keeper White House Initiative. In addition to serving the First Baptist Church of Freeport, IL he serves as an Associate Minister in which he focuses on Men’s Discipleship, Preaching and Teaching at the New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford, IL under the watchful guidance and discipleship of Pastor K. Edward Copeland. He is a faithful and maturing expositor of God’s Word, a gifted teacher and one who is known to serve and lead with a shepherd's heart.

Deryk’s aim is to please God in his calling as a husband, father, friend and faithful student of text-driven preaching. Deryk enjoys dating his wife, spending time with his family, reading and laughing with loved ones.