Pastor Derrick L. McRae, Pastor of The Experience Christian Center in Orlando, Florida, hails from the humble origins of Avon Park, Florida. A young man of strength and integrity, he is the son of the late Eugene V. Glenn and Detrice Glenn. Pastor McRae grew up enjoying church and became actively involved at an early age, serving as the church drummer by the age of five. He relocated to Orlando, Florida in the third grade and was raised in the Pine Hills community. He graduated from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida and attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He accepted his call to ministry in 1998 and he became licensed under the Church of God in Christ in 1999. He served as Youth Pastor at both Malone Memorial Church of God in Christ for five years as well as Macedonia Missionary Baptist for six years.
In 2009, at the age of 35, Pastor McRae established and began his pastorate of The Experience Christian Center with 22 members. Presently, the ministry has grown to over 1,300 members and continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. Under his leadership, The Experience Christian Center has expanded beyond its original location on 26th Street to six weekly services in three physical locations and also includes a virtual following which reaches more than 100 people at each service and more than 3,700 social media followers. In five short years, The Experience Christian Center, under the leadership of Pastor McRae, has continued to provide life changing services to adults and children in need – many of whom may have been forgotten in today’s society. Through positive mentoring, consistent coaching and on-going support, The Experience Christian Center proudly serves 1,314 members and more than 10,000 people each year through its outreach efforts.
A recipient of many awards and honors, Pastor McRae has actively served in numerous capacities to include currently serving as the Director of the National Youth Pastor’s Network for the Church of God in Christ; Executive Council for the Western Florida Jurisdiction COGIC; Director of the State Youth Department for the Western Florida Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ overseeing 83 churches; Coalition for the Homeless Board of Directors; Orlando Parks and Recreation Board of Directors; Every Kid Outreach Board of Directors; Orange County Community Action Board of Directors; as well as a Certified Instructor for the Nehemiah Project Biblical Entrepreneurship. He is a member of the African American Christian Clergy Council (AACCC) and continues to establish strong and effective relationships with elected officials throughout the State of Florida, Orange County and the City of Orlando governmental entities. In 2013, Ryse Magazine recognized The Experience Christian Center as one of the fastest growing churches in Central Florida.
His inspiring messages and infectious personality make him a highly sought-after preacher, teacher and motivational speaker. He is consistently asked to travel around the world to provide inspiring messages and motivating words of encouragement. In fact, recently, Pastor McRae was asked by GoodLife45 in Lake Mary, Florida to start a weekly television broadcast,