Bishop Derek D. Kelly is a native of Salisbury, NC and currently resides in Lexington, NC. He was born to the Reverend & Mrs. Parnell Kelly, Jr. of which he is the firstborn of three children. Bishop Kelly began serving as a Minister of Music for various churches from the age of 13. He is a songwriter and musician and has received numerous awards for his musical achievements. Although known for his musical gifting, God has uniquely called him into the ministry of the gospel. Bishop Kelly answered the call to ministry in December of 1991 at his home church, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Linwood, NC, under the leadership of the Reverend Moses Caldwell. In April of 1994, he was installed as the Senior Pastor of the New Faith Baptist Church of Lexington, NC.

In 1998, Bishop Kelly connected to the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton. Bishop Kelly was appointed as the Director of Christian Education for the Northwest District & Director of Christian Education for the State of North Carolina. In December of 2005, Bishop Kelly was selected a Bishop-Designate, and in September of 2006, Bishop Kelly was duly consecrated as a Bishop in the Lord’s Church by His Eminence, Bishop Nathan J. Anderson. In August of 2016, Bishop Kelly was affirmed as an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ by Apostolic Father, ArchBishop Ralph L. Dennis of Baltimore, MD. Bishop Kelly is the Chief Celebrant and CEO of Kingdom Impact Ministries Apostolic Network, Inc.

Bishop Kelly received an Associate of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from the Full Gospel Baptist College and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Shaw University, graduating summa cum laude. Bishop Kelly has completed Masters of Religion classes at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. In the marketplace, Bishop Kelly is certified as a highly qualified teacher with the state of North Carolina teaching Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies. Bishop Kelly is married to Pastor Kimerely Darlene Kelly. She is the leader of the Women’s Ministry and Leading Lady of New Faith FGFC Salisbury and Lexington, and the Elect Lady of Kingdom Impact Ministries Apostolic Network. Together they have three children: Marcus, Derius (Kenya), and Charity, along with two grandchildren: Reign and Kearston