A native of Reno, Nevada DeSean has been active in his church, community, school, and had an undeniable love for ministry from an early age. DeSean is a multi-faceted individual covering multiple lanes in ministry.
While under the leadership of Pastor Norris DuPree Sr., DeSean was given opportunities to expand his preaching and was trained in various areas of ministry. After successful completion of training, he was licensed to preach on October 17, 2004.
In January 2005 DeSean relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada and united with New Antioch Christian Fellowship, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Naida Parson. Underneath her leadership, along with a five part pastoral team, DeSean was challenged to grow in preaching, teaching, leading, and serving. After a year of careful observation, he was elevated to the position of executive assistant to Pastor Sonya Cheltenham; overseeing ministry development. In this capacity, DeSean operated at the level equivalency of an assistant pastor.
It was in this role, DeSean’s gift for pastoring was expanded and cultivated. He oversaw approximately 70 leaders with 8 direct ministry reports. His scope of responsibility included training, developing, counseling, and mentoring leaders, along with a portion of the congregation. After 3 years in this role, successful completion of 2 years of academic study, and graduation from Petra-Nia Bible Institute, DeSean was ordained on August 23, 2009. He continued on in the role of executive assistant until his departure from the ministry.
In October 2015, DeSean has had the privilege of overseeing the Next Generation Empowerment Ministry (nGem) at Second Baptist Church, Reno. This ministry was focused on youth and young adults from pre-school to 39. Under his leadership the ministry expanded from 15 participants to over 80, impacted the community, and most importantly taught principles to aid participants to solidify their salvation.
In June 2017 DeSean took on an 8 month role of Acting Pastor for the Second Baptist Church. During this time the church experienced numerical, spiritual, community, and financial growth; and the mission of Second Baptist was shortened to help refocus the church in its purpose. Second Baptist is becoming a place where the members Love God, Serve People, and Present Jesus. After 3 months under his leadership, the church body asked to stop the 8 month process and call for the vote. On October 29, 2017 DeSean became the 8th pastor of the Second Baptist Church.