About Our Pastor

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Reverend Derick Brennan is a native of the Philadelphia metropolitan area and is married to the former Alberta Byrd, Esquire and the proud parents of David.

Rev. Brennan is currently matriculating in the Doctor of Ministry Program at Duke University’s Divinity School in Durham, NC, with a concentration in Church Leadership and Ministry System Development. He is a graduate of the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree. He is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. Complementing Reverend Brennan’s educational credentials is his extensive vocational experience, which includes business consulting for major corporations.

In December 2001, God called Reverend Brennan to the Pastorate of the Second Canaan Baptist Church, in Harlem, New York. During his tenure as pastor, Second Canaan took bold steps forward including: the creation of ministry infrastructure, strategic planning, and the use of technology to advance ministry. The church also started a feeding ministry, hosted a Senior Center and various workshops and symposiums. Consequently, hundreds of individuals dedicated or rededicated their lives to Christ.


Our Pastor
In July 2006, the Holy Spirit led Rev. Brennan to return to his home church, the Canaan Baptist Church of Philadelphia, where he succeeded the Rev. Dr. Gus Roman. Canaan Baptist Church is a large thriving urban congregation, that highlights a Discipleship Institute, a Christian Arts Ministry, a Daycare Center, a credit union and a thriving community development corporation. Canaan remains at the leading edge of local, national and international missions.

Under Rev. Brennan’s leadership, the church has embarked on a two million dollar capital campaign to renovate the main building, acquire an adjacent property and develop three contiguous properties into a Family Empowerment Center, an Economic Empowerment Center and an Education Empowerment Center. These Empowerment Centers seek to serve the community at large through a Christocentric approach that is wholistic in focus and empowering in application.

Rev. Brennan is a Vice Moderator of the PA Eastern Keystone Baptist Association, a Lott Carrey Pastoral Excellence Program participant, a past recipient of the Phila. Tribune “10 Under 40 to Watch” Award and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


One of Reverend Brennan’s favorite verses of scripture is Isaiah 61:1, which states:
“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners.”