Meet Demetrius White

What is your role at Redemption Hill?
Pastor at The Fourhundred
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What is your prayer / hope for Redemption Hill?
My prayer for Redemption Hill is that we would be a church known for holiness and its commitment to the gospel. I pray Ephesians 3:14-20 on behalf of Redemption Hill often. I want us to be characterized as a people who are strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner man so that Christ may dwell in our hearts and that we may be grounded in love. I pray that we would know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge. I pray that we would be transparent and real with people about our struggles and our need for the grace of God.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Be dogmatic about the dogmatics and the rest will fall into place. Dogmatics are those truths that are essential to the Christian faith, those truths that are essential to saving faith ( the deity of Christ, Vicarious atonement, The Trinity, Resurrection, virgin birth of Christ etc.) There are all types of secondary doctrines that we can be sidetracked by, but the truths that are essential to the gospel are what bind us together.

Secondly, Robert Murray McCheyne has impacted me a great deal with this quote: “Take heed to thyself. Your own soul is your first and greatest care. You know a sound body alone can work with power; much more a healthy soul. Keep a clear conscience through the blood of the Lamb. Keep up close communion with God. Study likeness to Him in all things. Read the Bible for your own growth first, then for your people. Expound much; it is through the truth that souls are to be sanctified, not through essays upon the truth. Be easy of access, apt to teach, and the Lord teach you and bless you in all you do and say. You will not find many companions. Be the more with God.”

What are your favorite books and movies?
Books: Anything by Herman Bavinck, John Calvin’s Institutes and sermons and my beloved Wilhelmus Brakel, his four volume set called the Christians Reasonable Service is worth all of the worlds treasure combined to me. If I could study under any theologian it would be Brakel. He has an amazing way of taking high theology and applying it to everyday life, the man was a gifted pastor.

Movies: I really love the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series, The Matrix, Gladiator, Amazing Grace featuring the Life of William Wilberforce and his fight to abolish slavery. I cried like a baby watching this movie and the gospel of John which is another movie I came undone on. Especially the John 17 prayer.

What are you listening to these days?
Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones is always playing in the iPhone, Conrad Mbewe, H.B. Charles, William Hughes, Steve Lawson, Dale Ralph Davis, Joel Beeke. I also listen to a lot of Jazz. I’m into Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Tom Harrell.

What can you be caught doing on your day off?
You will often find me spending time with my lovely wife and my dear children. If I am not with them I am hanging with my dear friends enjoying Gods grace gifts to his glory. I am also reading a book of some sort and taking my boys to some kind of football camp or practice.

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I’ve always had a love for art. I have had a few pieces of work displayed in libraries, nothing major. At one point I wanted to major in Art and was accepted to Maryland’s College of Art and Design after they did a review of my portfolio. I am also a comic book nerd. I have boxes of comic books in my grandparents basement.