Derrick Hammond is the proud pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University. He also completed the dual Master degree program at Samford University, earning a Master of Divinity and a Master of Business Administration. Derrick has published work with the National Baptist Convention, the African American Pulpit, Our Daily Bread, and the Union Gospel Press. In 2013, he received national accreditation as a Certified Church Administrator (CCA) by the National Association of Church Business Administration.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Derrick is heavily involved in local and surrounding community affairs. He is a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Oak Ridge program and serves as an active member of the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation Board, Emory Valley Center Board, Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club, East Tennessee Economic Council and Beeson Divinity School Alumni Advisory Board. He also serves as the Finance Commissioner for the Knoxville District Baptist Association, and an adjunct instructor for Tennessee Technical University and the Institute of Continued Learning of Roane State Community College.
Derrick and Davyda, his wife of eighteen years, moved to Oak Ridge in August of 2014 when he accepted his call to the pastorate. He has two children attending Oak Ridge School High School, Ruth, who is currently a junior and Alexis, who is a sophomore. Both young ladies serve as members of the Youth Advisory Board for the city of Oak Ridge.