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Derek Cromwell, The Wanted Man, is an ordained Minister in the Southern Baptist Denomination. Born and raised in the hills of Kentucky to Melvin and Jennie Cromwell, he grew up in and around country music. With his brother Brian, he started a country music group called The Cromwell Boys and Excursion, and had a very devoted following for several years. During this time, Derek had the privilege of working with some of the finest talent that central Kentucky had to offer, but as promising as a possible future in country music may have been, the Lord had other things in mind for the young singer/songwriter.

After graduating High school in 1981, Derek accepted Christ. In the Fall of 1981, he began attending the University of Louisville, in Louisville Kentucky. In less that a year, Derek had felt the Lords calling into the ministry. He soon transferred to Georgetown College, in Georgetown, Kentucky, to pursue a degree in Religion.

In 1985, Derek accepted a position as Minister of Youth and Activities/Associate Pastor at the Spring Street Baptist Church, in Mount Sterling, Kentucky. It was while he was at that church that he recorded his first album project, The Dawn Will Come. He even enlisted the help of the Youth Group in the studio as backup voices on the song Sing Ye Praise. A young lady at Spring Street named Tina Johnson assisted in the background vocals and keyboards on the rest of the project, and went on to record a tape of her own entitled Give Me A Little More Time.

It was during his time at Georgetown that Derek met the love of his life, and in 1987, he and Brenda Spears were married and he moved to Michigan. He began serving at the Niles Avenue Baptist Church as Youth Director and Music Minister. During this time he met the man he still considers his spiritual mentor, Dr. Roger Luther.

In 1990, he was called to the Wildwood Baptist Church in Buchanan, Michigan, as Pastor. After the privilege of serving there for seven years, he left the pastorate in 1998 to follow the Lords leadership in Music Evangelism, and is currently serving as Staff Evangelist at the First Baptist Church at Berrien Springs, Michigan, with his long time friend, and fellow Kentuckian, Rev. Jim Shelton, who serves as Pastor there.

In all, Derek Cromwell is a music evangelist with over 20 years experience in the ministry and over 27 years in the music industry.

Derek still resides in Buchanan Michigan with his wife Brenda, their daughter Elizabeth, and their son Bobby Lee; and when ever possible, they join him when he is on the road.

Derek writes, records, and performs Country Gospel music, and he promotes and practices evangelism wherever he goes.

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