Pastor's Bio

Reverend Nicholas Kevin Derouen, Sr. Pastor,

Stronger Hope Baptist Church

Reverend Nicholas Kevin Derouen was born on July 21, 1987 in New Iberia, LA to the union of Leona and Johnny Derouen. He has two siblings, an older brother, Reverend MideateDerouen, Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Petit’ Anse and a younger sister, Louvenia Derouen.

He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2009) and is CURRENTLY pursuing a Master of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is the proud husband of one wife, Rachel ArvieDerouen of Opelousas, LA. They are the very, very,very proud parents of their first child, Nicholas Kevin Derouen, Jr., born July 20, 2017.


Reverend Derouen came to Christ at a young age. He was baptized in 1993 by the Reverend Michael Wright at Grace Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Derouen accepted his calling to preach and teach the word of God at age 17 in 2007 and was ordained in 2008. He faithfully assisted his pastor in ministry for 10 years along with leading the youth ministry. In the local area, he served as a supply preacher for many senior pastors and has helped many churches with their bible studies and youth ministry.

He is zealous for the word of God and desires to forever seek the righteousness of God. His ultimate desire in ministry to lead the local church as a senior/lead pastor in being committed to the Great Commandment and Great Commission came to fruition on Friday, May 26, 2017 when he was elected as Pastor of The Stronger Hope Baptist Church. He was installed as Pastor on September 22, 2017 under the auspices of the Ideal Missionary Baptist and Educational Association, Incorporated under the leadership of Dr. Joseph C. Dyson, Sr., President.
He is the 3rd Pastor in 81 years.

Romans 10:13-15 (KJV) reads: For “whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Reverend Nicholas Kevin Derouen, Sr., is a man sent by God anointed to Preach the Word of God, Teach the Word of God, Pray the Word of God and Live by the Word of God. He is very observant, studious and disciplined. Pastor Derouen is filled with excitement EVERY time he enters the sanctuary. He is bubbling over with plans to move Stronger Hope FORWARD!!!!

Reverend Jessie James Carter, Jr.

Reverend Dr. Joseph Clifford Profit, Jr.