Darrick Young

Lead Pastor

Darrick Young is married to Ranada and they live in Grimes with their son Brandon, daughter Taylor, and dog Payton (named after Chicago Bear great Walter Payton).  Darrick and Ranada have been married for 20+ years and love to cheer for all teams Chicago (except the White Sox), take vacations to warm climates, watch Taylor cheer and sing in high school, and watch Brandon compete in track and field at Central College.

Darrick and Ranada both grew up in Rockford, Illinois.  After high school Darrick attended North Central University in Minneapolis where he majored in Youth Ministry.  After college he returned to Rockford to serve as a youth and children’s pastor and began dating Ranada shortly thereafter.  They were married in 1991 and moved to Michigan in 1992.  Together they have served in ministry to youth and young adults in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Iowa.  Darrick has worked in the Central Region office for Open Bible Churches since 2002 as the director of student ministries.

The Youngs have lived in the Des Moines area since 1998 and Grimes since 2001 and consider the Des Moines area their home.  In 2010 they began praying about the possibility of launching a new church on the NW side of Des Moines.  They are excited that God has brought an incredible team of leaders and volunteers around them to begin Journey Church.