Bishop Derek E. Eurales, Sr. was born February 3rd 1951 and raised in Cairo, Illinois.
In May 1971, he got together with his wife, Retha of more than 40 years. They have four children and six grandchildren. He is the proud son of Eugene Eurales, of Chicago, IL, and Judson and Minnie Childs, of Cairo, IL.
In 1979, Mr. Eurales was baptized by Rev. Willie B. Glass at Everdale in Cairo, IL. In answering his calling to the ministry on December 31, 1981 under the pastorate of Rev. R.E. Gatewood, Rev. Eurales was ordained September 11, 1982. He became pastor of Trinity Baptist Church of Tamms, IL and Mount Olive Baptist Church of Pulaski, IL from 1982 – 1985.
Rev. Eurales went before the Ecclesiastical Council of Bishop and Elders of the Mound City District Conference of Free Will Baptists where he was examined and licensed to preach as a Free Will Baptist minister. From September 1985 to November 1988, he pastored Morning Star Free Will Baptist Church in Cairo, Illinois.
Elder Eurales has been pastor of First Opportunity Free Will Baptist Church in Carrier Mills, Illinois, since December 1988 and continues to stand on and preach the “Word”. He is filled with the Holy Ghost, preaching and teaching the unadulterated gospel. Many souls have been saved, baptized, and filled with the Holy Ghost as a result of his ministry.
There have been many improvements in the church & lives since Elder Eurales’ arrival. The Mission Department was reorganized with great emphases being made on Bible study, with Christian fellowship, witnessing, praying in the church and in the homes. Many have accepted discipleship, and others have rededicated their lives to Christ under Elder Eurales’ leadership. Under his leadership there have been several ministers licensed (male and female).
Pastor Eurales retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2002. While there (working in corrections) his light would shine in his work. Through God, he uplifts the name of “Jesus”. He is a very compassionate man, who helps the lost and needy. Elder Eurales takes pride in his service for the Lord, stating “this is serious Business: bringing souls to CHRIST.”
After his brief retirement, Elder Eurales was employed by Wal-Mart in Anna, IL (working in the Produce Department). From Wal-Mart, he continued to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, helping the lost to find their way to Christ and be saved. He witnessed and prayed on the spot for those seeking prayer, retiring from there in 2005.
In 2006, Elder Eurales was consecrated Bishop of the Southern Illinois Annual of Free Will Baptists, Inc. in Evansville, Indiana. As Bishop, he oversees two regional districts (the Mound City District and the Carbondale District) comprising 16 churches throughout Southern Illinois. He also serves as the sound technician of the Annual Youth and General Sessions of the Western Division of Free Will Baptists, Inc. Bishop Eurales has a great vision for “Camp Victory”, a 37 ½ acre Free Will Baptist Church Camp located nine miles outside Metropolis, IL, of which he is camp director.
Bishop Eurales is currently on several community committees along with volunteering at the Marion, Illinois Veterans Administration Hospital.
Visit his site, The three DEES, at http://honeyflower7.vpweb.com/.