In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. In 2018, he received his Doctor of Ministry in the New Testament in Context at Northern Seminary under Dr. Scot McNight.

In addition to his role at Transformation Church, Derwin teaches at conferences nationwide. He is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2010)Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013)Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study (2015), The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness (2020), Building a Multiethnic Church (2021), God, Do You Hear Me? (2021), and How to Heal the Racial Divide (2022).