Derek Ward is the fourth son of Pentecostal Pastor, the late Ainsley Ward and his wife Maureen. He is a former law enforcement officer of eleven years and also a trained social worker. Having served in many social service agencies, he became recognised as a family counselor who later focused heavily on marriage and family issues.
Derek has always been a risk taker and as such established Serenity Empowerment Services in 2006 to assist individuals, families and organisations to achieve excellence through counselling, coaching and training. He also taught part-time at the Barbados Community College.
Having been a prodigal for most of his teenage years he was converted at the “tender” age of 22 years shortly after meeting his future wife, Sheron, who preceded him in developing a relationship with the Lord. He along with his young wife served the Church of God of Prophecy for many years in various leadership positions including pastor to two of the churches.
In 2016, God placed a call on his life to plant a new church in Barbados and this call resulted in him and his wife travelling to the USA to undergo intensive training to be a church planter. On returning to Barbados in early 2017, they nurtured a small core group that eventually became an official church in September 2017. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel – Barbados.
His marriage of 25 years to Sheron has produced two adult children, Asha and Stephan.