Daran H. Mitchell

Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology


  • Church Administration and Organization
  • Leadership Development
  • Black Church Studies
  • Worship and Liturgy
  • Ritual and Sacraments
  • Preaching
  • Hymnology


  • D.Min., Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
  • M.Div., Hood Theological Seminary, 1997
  • B.A., Bethune-Cookman College, 1994

Daran Hernandez Mitchell was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, received his early education in the private and public schools of Hillsborough County, accepted his call to the ministry at age 15, preached his trial sermon at age 16, and has been preaching the gospel for thirty-four years.

Dr. Mitchell earned the Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Religion/Philosophy-Liberal Studies from Bethune-Cookman College, the Master of Divinity degree from Hood Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University. Dr. Mitchell has served congregations in Tennessee, North and South Carolina, New York, and is now the pastor of Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Dr. Mitchell has served as an adjunct professor in Religion at the Mount Olive College, Mount Olive, North Carolina, teaching Old Testament, New Testament, and Hebrew Prophets (on the Main Campus as well as the Seymour Johnson AFB Campus); served as adjunct professor at the North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, teaching Christian Ethics and Introduction to Religion; served as adjunct professor at the United Christian College, Goldsboro, North Carolina, teaching Old Testament and Church History; and Adjunct Professor (Preaching) New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Dr. Mitchell is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including: Who’s Who Among American High School Students; National Dean’s List Award (1992-1994); Lucius Davis Leadership Award, Bethune-Cookman College; inducted into the Kappa Omega Chapter of the Alpha Chi Honor Society (1993) and the Florida Gamma Chapter, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society (1994); recipient of the George Clayton Tharrington Memorial Preaching Award, Hood Theological Seminary; recipient of the Clinton Wilcox Award, Hood Theological Seminary; Rock Hill District “Pastor of the Year Award” (1999); the George Junius Leake Memorial Young Ministers’ Award from the Cape Fear Conference Lay Council of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (2003); recipient of the Ecumenical Award from the Brooklyn Chapter of the Key Women of America (2008); a recipient of the Ecumenical Award from the Stuy-Park Lions Club of Brooklyn (2008); a recipient of the Religious Leadership Award from the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP; a recipient of the Ecumenical Leadership Award from the Theta Chapter of the National Phi Delta Kappa Teaching Sorority; a recipient of the Ecumenical Award from the Bridge Street A.W.M.E. Church, Brooklyn, New York (2011), a recipient of the Ecumenical Leadership Award from the Medgar Evers Community Council (2012) and inducted into the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia (2014).

Dr. Mitchell is married to the Reverend Lorraine Lynn Kennedy-Mitchell and they are the proud parents of a young adult son, Caylen.


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