The Centennial Church family and I greatly appreciate you for taking out the time to visit our website, learn and witness what the Centennial Church is doing in partnership with God and one another to impact the world. We actively engage the world by spreading God’s all-encompassing love, justice, righteousness and shalom.
What a wonderful blessing it is to share information about the ministry that God has birthed in me and in the life of the Centennial Church. I’ve accepted the assignment to bring good news (eugelion) to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, release to the prisoners; and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Isaiah 61:1-2/ Luke 4:18-19 NRSV.)
My friends, the Church of today is in danger of losing its relevance. It’s our job as believers, carriers and partners with the gospel to continue to be that beacon of light, hope and reconciliation for generations to come. It's no longer good enough to be a church that relish in its beauty of brick and mortar. However, the church must be willing to tell and show a dying world how the gospel and Kingdom of God can be presently active in redeeming and reviving lives and communities.
If you're interested in becoming an active Disciple of Jesus Christ and a co-laborer in this mighty mission with the Centennial Church, please consider joining the ministry. We'll love to have you! If you're interested in talking further with me about ministry and serving opportunities, don’t hesitate to contact me or my Administrative Assistant.
I do hope and pray that you'll bless us with your presence during one of our worship experiences and Christian education opportunities. We’ll do our best to extend radical hospitality to you and your family. Hope to see you real soon!
Remember, there is no place that the Spirit of God
will take you that the grace of God can’t keep you!
Pastor D. L. Perkins, Sr., M.Div.
Rev. Derrick L. Perkins, Sr., M.Div.
Servant & Pastor
Pastor Perkins is a native of St. Louis, MO. He’s married to Bridget M. Perkins, who is also a native St. Louisan. They have three wonderful children, Aliyah, Derrick, II and Andrew.
Rev. Perkins is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. He's been given a honor and privilege to serve this wonderful faith community since Oct 1, 2007. Prior to leading Centennial Christian Church, Rev. Perkins spent 12 short years working in not-for-profit organizations engaging social justice related issues and social services on behalf of our nation’s most vulnerable, at-risk children, youth and their families. Some of his previous employment experiences include serving as a Prevention Specialist for the National Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse - St. Louis; Project Director for Jamison Memorial Human Resource & Development Agency; and A National Trainer/Consultant for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools, Washington, DC.
Rev. Perkins has been instrumental in the development of several faith-based not-for profit entities, and serves on several boards for local organizations within the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. His current community involvement includes:
- President of Centennial Plaza Senior Housing Complex, St. Louis
- Advisory Board Member for the Children & Family Services,
- Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry, St. Louis
- A member of the Missouri Faith Council
- Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, St. Louis, MO
- A Board Member Epsilon Lambda Charitable Foundation, St. Louis
- A Board Member of Disciples Homes Mission, Indianapolis, IN.
- A Member of the Regional Commission On the Order of Ministry of the Christian Church (DOC)
- Advisory Board Member of Faith Communities United, St. Louis
- Faciliator for AR/PR Jusice Team of the Christian Church of Mid-America
- Member of St. Louis Racial Justice Team
He’s a graduate of St. Louis Community College, St. Louis Christian College – Center for UrbanReligious Education Program, Harris Stowe State University, and Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO (Master of Divinity Degree with an emphasis in Old Testament Biblical Studies). He’s currently discerning what God might be calling him to do next. In the short 43 years of his life, he has preached, facilitated workshops and trainings for others across this country.
Born and raised in abusive and poverty stricken communities, he’s taken the mantle of ministry and committed his life to partnering with God's mission to establish justice for all of God’s people. His motto is, “Only what you do for Christ will last”.