Reverend Dr. J. Derrick Cattenhead
Reverend Dr. J. Derrick Cattenhead is from Lake City, South Carolina (SC), proudly grew up in the Deep River Community, and graduated from Lake City High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina–Columbia, a Master of Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary at Thee ITC, and a Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Dr. Cattenhead has served as a mentor in various school systems and other agencies throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Also, he is a United States Navy veteran and a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Additionally, he has served as a Board of Trustee and Advisor for several civic and community organizations.
In addition to his community, military, and community involvement, Dr. Cattenhead has served in various capacities in the United Methodist Church. He served as a Student Pastor of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Timmonsville, SC, a Local Pastor of Salem United Methodist Church in Florence, SC, and an Associate Pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Florence, SC. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of North Orangeburg United Methodist Church in Orangeburg, SC. He is the Chairperson of Proclamation and Preaching and Parliamentarian on the SCUMC Board of Ordained Ministry and is respectfully a member of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He is an Ordained Elder in Full Connection in the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Dr. Cattenhead is married to the former Chasie Latoya McClam, his soulmate, and childhood sweetheart. Chasie is a profound certified educator and an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. They are shared parents of four children, Derrick, Tyler, Jynesis, and Chase. Dr. Cattenhead strongly advocates for initiatives addressing political practices perpetuating poverty, homelessness, social injustice, sexism, and racism. His life mission statement is – I endeavor to Inspire, Encourage, and Empower ALL people to move towards Godly Living with the help of the Holy Spirit.