The Methodist Church of the 1940s did not reflect the team spirit taught by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 and Galatians 3. African American members were at a distinct disadvantage under the leadership of the Central Jurisdiction, and big changes were needed. Rhodes has studied these changes and relates them to apply to any organization looking to remain competitive and understand change while moving from good to great.
“The transformation of the Central Jurisdiction is a great example of organizational transformation—how to change and transform any organization…” said Rhodes.
Reverend Derrick R. Rhodes, D.Min, Ph.D. holds multiple degrees in the areas of Pre-Law, Organizational Leadership, and Homiletics and Worship, among others. He is a published author and has served on a number of organizational boards and conferences, as well as in the United States Marine Corp. Rhodes is currently the pastor of Kelley Chapel United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Dr. Zina Carter, share two sons.