A native of Nashville, TN, Darrell Antonio Drumwright completed his undergraduate studies, summa cum laude, in Sociology at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. He earned the M.Div. degree in June of 2000 with honors from The Divinity School at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. In 1999, Darrell was named a Hopkins Shareholder, one of the nation's oldest endowed fellowships given to Divinity School students who show ministerial promise in the Harvard community. During his time in divinity school, Darrell served as the Minister to Young Adults and the Assistant to the Pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Boston, MA. His collaborative work with TSU faculty entitled "Seniors' Mental Health and Pastoral Practices in African American Churches: An Exploratory Study in A Southern City" was published in the December 1998 vol. 40 no.2 edition of the Review of Religious Research. Darrell has preached and lectured in numerous parts of the country. Bishop Michael Lee Graves named Pastor Drumwright his successor in August of 2004 and in December of 2004, Darrell became senior pastor of The Temple Church.
In April of 2004, Pastor Drumwright was awarded a full fellowship and admitted to the Ph.D. program in History at Vanderbilt University. In addition to serving as senior pastor, Darrell is a faculty member at Tennessee State University in the Religious Studies Department. From 2001-2005, he served as a faculty member at American Baptist College, giving instruction across the liberal arts disciplines.
Darrell is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Harvard Club of Middle Tennessee and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Nashville Alumni Chapter where he was named Young Brother of the Year in 2003. He was also named 2005 Nashville Pastor of the year by Brothers United Ministry and also saluted by Dr. Bobby Jones January of 2007.