Our Leaders

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.Jeremiah 1:5


Pastor Derry L. Haywood III is the lead pastor and establishmentarian of Freedom Church United, Inc. (FCU) located in Richmond, VA. A native of Portsmouth, Virginia Pastor Derry was educated in the private school system and continued his studies as a marketing major at Old Dominion University. With a heavy organizational leadership and administrative background, Pastor Derry is known to train leaders and push God’s people into their destinies. With a professional background in cyber security and enforcement, one of Pastor Derry’s passions is to walk out Luke 10:19 enforcing spiritual laws and order established by God.

Pastor Derry was licensed to teach and preach the gospel as a teenager in June of 2000; years later he was ordained as an elder into the full gospel ministry. Pastor Haywood has had the opportunity to minister in several different venues and churches to audiences of all colors, cultures and creeds. His instrument is the gospel of grace that he releases with power, passion, conviction and boldness affording him the opportunity to witness first-hand the power of God bring freedom to the hearts and souls of men. He thanks God every day for the opportunity to serve in the Kingdom and to give back to God for all that God has given him. John 10:9 states “I am the door, by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved…” Pastor Derry is committed to leading the way to the ‘door’ and to shatter the chains off the people of God.

In September of 2010 Pastor Haywood was joined in holy matrimony to his high school sweetheart with whom he now partners in ministry. Together they believe that all things are possible with Christ.  Pastor Haywood and the Freedom family were welcomed into fellowship of covering with One Way Churches International under the spiritual covering of Bishop S. Younger where he serves as Chairman of the International Officers Cabinet.

Pastor Derry and his entire team are committed to fulfilling their part in the great commission by reaching the globe with a message of hope, peace, and liberty. Its mission through the power of God and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is to help people obtain supreme freedom in Christ.

John 10:9 states “I am the door, by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved…” Pastor Derry is committed to leading the way to the ‘door’ and to shatter the chains off of the people of God.



Lady Marquita Haywood is Freedom’s leading lady who serves as Executive Director of Freedom Church United, Inc. Wearing many hats, Lady Marquita serves the body in whatever capacity needed.  Her most important ministry is to God and the support of her husband and partner in ministry, Pastor Derry L. Haywood, III.  Known for her powerful intercession and prophetic worship, Lady Marquita loves to exalt the Lord, to see the saved and unsaved receive supreme freedom in Christ and walk therein!  As John 8:36 states “he whom the son sets free, is free indeed!”

A native of Norfolk, Virginia Lady Marquita was educated in the private school sector through college holding a B.S. in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a MBA in administration.   As an educator for over 14 years, Lady Marquita is most passionate about advocating and educating God’s people watching their lives transform through the power of Jesus Christ! She is founder of More Than Just A Body, a non-profit dedicated to the support of breast cancer patients and their caregivers.  Lady Marquita received salvation as a preteen and soon after filled with the Holy Spirit.  Life wasn’t quite the same after this.  Developing a love for intercession and worship, Lady Marquita soon after began her journey into ministry for the Kingdom of God.

In September of 2010, Lady Marquita married the gift God blessed her with in that of her best friend and high-school sweetheart, Pastor Derry L. Haywood, III.  She partners with him in ministry spreading the message of freedom to all who will hear!  It is her desire that in all she says and does for the Most High God to get all the glory!