Our Founding Pastor

Bishop Derek T. Triplett

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 loving husband to Luanne Sorrell-Triplett and devoted father and stepfather.

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.


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 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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