Pastor Derrick DeWitt
Secretary, ACT Now Baltimore
Reverend Doctor Derrick DeWitt Sr. is the pastor of the First Mount Calvary Baptist church in
Baltimore, Maryland. He is distinguished as the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
of the Maryland Baptist Aged Home, a 100-year old long term care facility, and the only Blacked
Owned nursing home in the state of Maryland. In addition to its historic lineage, The Maryland
Baptist Aged Home has the proud distinction of remaining COVID-free, having no positive cases
throughout the pandemic, thanks to Dr. Dewitt’s quick and decisive leadership. For this
accomplishment he was named a COVID Ambassador by the Governor of Maryland. Rev.
Dewitt used this position to raise awareness and provide advocacy for the Vaccine and healthcare
disparities in low-income, majority black, communities. He has advocated for these causes on
national and international media platforms, to include: CBS Sunday Morning with Ted Koppel,
NPR, PBS, CNN, MSNBC and many others. He regularly lectures at major Universities such as
Harvard, and Duke University on Gerontology issues. Dr. Dewitt sits on several Boards and has
also gained national recognition for his involvement in community development activities, and
Dr. DeWitt was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland. After graduating from Baltimore City
College High School, he joined the U.S. Army where he served with distinction as a highly
decorated combat veteran, before retiring in 2005. While serving his country, stationed in South
Korea, he received the call from God to serve people’s spiritual needs, and began preaching the
gospel in 1989 at the Camp Red Cloud Full Gospel Fellowship, under the direction of Bishop
Darryl Brister. Pastor Dewitt was later ordained in 1991 while serving as an associate Minister of
The Southern Baptist Church under the late Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Higgs.
Pastor DeWitt received his Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Divinity Degree in 1995. He
received a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in business administration in 1999. In March 2009,
he received his Doctorate of Arts Degree in Theology and Biblical Counseling from Freelandia
Bible College and Seminary.
In 2002 Pastor DeWitt, being led by the Spirit, being guided through the study and meditation of
his Word and standing on the premises of Isaiah 61:1-4, founded the Garment of Praise Baptist
Church in Clinton, Maryland, with 14 members by his side.
In June 2007, Pastor DeWitt was asked to return to his family church in Baltimore to serve as
interim pastor of the First Mount Calvary Baptist Church. In October 2007 he was officially
elected as the fourth pastor of this Historic church.
Pastor DeWitt is involved with several community organizations such as: Clergy United for the
Transformation of Sand-town (CUTS); an organization of religious, and business leaders,
dedicated to reforming the neglected and marginalized community in West Baltimore, noted
nationally for the death of Freddie Gray. He is a Faculty Member of the Institute of Healthcare
improvement, he serves on the board of “Food and Faith” at the John Hopkins University’s
Bloomberg School of Public Health, he serves on The Western District Police Council,
Intersection of Change, Bridge Maryland, The New Song Academy and Community Learning
Center, and the United World Missions. He also serves as an instructor for the United Missionary
Baptist Convention’s Congress of Christian Education and is an active participant in the State
Convention and National Baptist USA.
Due to his community involvement he has received many awards and honors from various
organizations to include: the Baltimore Business Journal as a Leader in Healthcare, The
Baltimore Sun’s Marylander of the Year, and the Marquis “Who’s Who in America”.
Additionally he was awarded the 2020 Innovator Award from Alliance for Aging Research, and
the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society at Coppin State University, but one of his
greatest honors was being inducted into the Hall of Fame of Preachers at the Martin Luther King
Jr. College of Ministers and Laity, at Morehouse College in Georgia in 2013.
Pastor DeWitt possesses extraordinary compassion and vision when it comes to outreach
ministry. His humanitarian efforts have made a huge impact both in Baltimore and in Africa
where he and his wife support orphanages in Kenya and Uganda. His Church operates model
food distribution programs, a weekly soup kitchen, a Mentorship program, a weekly drug
addition ministry and much more.
Pastor DeWitt is a loving husband to Lady Cassandra DeWitt and a devoted father of four
wonderful children, Breona, Derrick II, Everardo and Anointe’. Reverend DeWitt continues to
maintain a clear vision given by God and is determined to build a Christ Centered,
Compassionate, and Community Focused Church.