Evangelist/Pastor Derick E. Wilkes, The Founder and President of “The Congregation of Churches”, was born in Greenville North Carolina, where as a child he occasionally traveled ministering healing to the sick, chaperoned by elders that recognized the call of God on his life.
Raised in Philadelphia, PA., Mr. Derick E. Wilkes worked in Marketing, with companies, such as, The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and The Better Business Bureau of Philadelphia, before responding to the call of God into full time ministry.
On June 25th 1993, Derick met his wife Natalie, at a business card exchange in Philadelphia.
Derick and Natalie, were engaged within three months and were married on May 14th 1994.
Although, Derick and Natalie, come from two different denominational backgrounds, they became united in their cultural beliefs through the ministry of Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, who has had the greatest impact upon their lives, and understanding of the Word. While, Derick and Natalie have several mentors, they recognize and have embraced Kenneth and Gloria Copeland as their spiritual parents.
Derick and Natalie, also responded to the call of ministry, in 1994, with a feeding and clothing ministry to the homeless community. In 1996, they organized a team of mission minded Christians, to attend, an annual “World Missions Conference” in Green Lake Wisconsin., where hundreds of Christians from various races, cultures and denominations attended.
In 1996, Derick and Natalie also established “Christians Working Together Ministries” which would later become known as “The Congregation of Churches.”
In 1997, Derick and Natalie, served as volunteer missionaries to Washington DC. While in Washington, they authored a mini resource book for the homeless community, of which 100,000 were published.
Derick E. Wilkes, is a graduate of “World Harvest Bible Training Center” in Pennsauken NJ.
Upon graduation from The “World Harvest Bible Training Center” Derick E. Wilkes was exposed to an established Healing Evangelist, Angelos Metropolis, who taught him how to effectively minister healing to the sick. Through this God ordained connection, the healing anointing increased upon Derick’s life, as he meditated and practiced the principles and methods learned.
In July of 1999, Derick E. Wilkes began to function as a Healing Evangelist.
Derick’s calling to function in this capacity was further validated in the same year, through the following prophetic words to him, from the Lord: “Christians Don’t get sick! You have never known a sick Christian, but Christians that have sick bodies”. Evangelist Wilkes has ministered to thousands of people throughout the United States and in Canada, on the saving and healing power of Christ.
In, 2001, Evangelists Derick and Prophet Natalie Wilkes, established “The Institute for Theological Training”, to offer low cost theological instruction to students in a manner that is practical and easy to understand. From 2001 to present, TIFTT has graduated hundreds of students.
On October 11, 2003, Evangelists Derick and Prophet Natalie Wilkes, were set apart as ordained Elders and affirmed into the Pastorate, through the laying on of hands and prayer, through Bishop RS Walker Ministries, of Waldorf, MD.
In August of 2007, Derick and Natalie began hosting “Word of Faith” Conferences which are held each year. The “Word of Faith” Conferences provide a season of refreshing in the Word of God, to all that attend.
In 2009, Natalie A. W. Wilkes, entered into a new season of ministry, on her 40th birthday during our annual Word of Faith Conference. Pastor Natalie A.W. Wilkes was called into the office of the Prophet, through Bishop R. S. Walker, an established Prophet of God, and the Founder of Bishop RS Walker Ministries in Waldorf, MD.
In 2009, “The Congregation of Churches” formerly “Christians Working Together Ministries” was established by Evangelist & Pastor Derick E. Wilkes, to Provide Ministry Development Services, for Partnering Churches, Ministries and Ministers.
In 2009, Derick and Natalie Wilkes authored several Books, DVD’s & CD’s, which are being used by established and emerging ministries around the world. Book titles, include: Dividing the Word – Workbook, Rhema, Times and Seasons, The Servant-Leader, Mapping out God’s Plan for Your Family, The Prophetic Nature of Faith, and God's Health Care Plan.
In 2011, Evangelist Derick E. Wilkes, founded, Internet Church.TV, a ministry of Congregation of Churches, designed to provide worship opportunities to the Church outside of the four walls of the traditional worship facility.
In April 2014, Evangelist Derick E Wilkes published his newest book and best seller... "How To Hear Faith When It Comes". Also, in 2014, The Congregation of Churches launched "The Gospel Publisher" an Online Digital Magazine.
In 2016, Evangelist Derick E Wilkes published two publications “Manifestations of the God Kind” and “Kingdom Economics”. Also in 2016, The Congregation of Churches began a “Cell Group Ministry Conference Call” to empower and encourage the body of Christ, internationally.