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bishop.jpgBishop Darren L. Gay, Sr.

Founder & Visionary of Higher Way Ministries

Presiding Prelate of E.A.G.L.E.S. Pastors & Leaders Fellowship.


Bishop Darren L. Gay, Sr., is a man after the heart of God who has been chosen, ordained, anointed and set apart for the ultimate work of God. He is a prolific man of God, who is making full proof of the ministry that God has called him into as he profoundly operates in the five-fold ministry gifts of the Spirit.   He is the Pastor, Founder and Visionary of Higher Way Ministries in Petersburg, Virginia.


Being not ashamed of the gospel of Christ and knowing it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.  Bishop Gay has availed himself to the service of God whole-heartedly. He has been preaching the Word of God for over 26 years, with 18 of those years serving as the Senior Pastor of Higher Way Ministries. In addition, he has served numerous years as Vice Prelate of an International Fellowship, which consisted of Bishops & Pastors world-wide. Being obedient to the voice of God and fully believing that our destiny in God is always challenged by oppositions and confronted with spiritual attacks, God just recently released Bishop Gay to launch the Higher Way’s E.A.G.L.E.S. Fellowship of Pastor & Leaders (Empowering & Assisting God’s Leaders for Extraordinary Servanthood). It is a ministry which “Equips God’s leaders to empower God’s people.” Bishop Gay believes the apostolic alignment of sons and daughters in the kingdom are vital in fulfilling their predestined assignments. God has given Bishop Gay an anointing to release them into their destiny with apostolic order. In addition to all of the great blessings acquired under his dynamic leadership, God has continued to enlarge Higher Way’s territory by blessing them with a second location, Higher Way Ministries – Suffolk Campus. We praise him for the increase!


Bishop Gay is a product of Sussex County Public School System and a graduate of Richard Bland College. He attended Ferrum College Baptist Seminary and received his Doctorate Degree of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, he currently serves as Executive Director of the B.A.L.M. Center (Breaking Addictions Learning Mentoring), a substance abuse/learning mentoring program. He is married to the former Danielle Bell of Hagerstown, Maryland and they have been blessed with three children:   Darren Jr., Da'Shaun, and Grace.  


Bishop Gay comes with an apostolic anointing, released from a spiritual father with an apostolic covering. God has given Bishop Gay a double portion of "His anointing," and the anointing has been destroying yokes, breaking shackles, loosing bondages and setting souls free.   He is on a special mission for God and he is sincere about his work for the Lord. When you come to hear this anointed man of God, come with a "Spirit of Expectancy" and watch God transform your life and your ministry in a miraculous way!

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