Pastor Arric L. Wilkerson was born in the small town of Hernando, MS and raised in Memphis, TN until his teenage years. In 1977, his family moved to Detroit, MI, where he attended Edwin Denby High School and graduated in 1982. He also attended Wayne State University as a History Major.
Pastor Wilkerson was called by God to teach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in the summer of 1989. Living the life of a drug dealer and drug user, he made several unsuccessful attempts to escape this calling before finally surrendering to God in 1993. He then moved again from Memphis, TN to Detroit, MI where he was subsequently washed with the water of the Word of God and then sent to teach the gospel. Pastor Wilkerson is a living testimony of what God, through His Son Jesus Christ, can do with a life that is given totally to Him.
Today, Pastor Arric L. Wilkerson is recognized locally as one of the most prolific, revelatory teachers of the Word of God in his generation. Pastor Wilkerson is the founder and spiritual leader of Up From The World Ministries. In the spring of 2003, Up From The World Ministries purchased a 10,000 square foot commercial property with the intent of transforming it into a beautiful worship facility befitting the glory of God. Under the leadership of Pastor Wilkerson, today that same location at 7001 Puritan has been renovated and restored inside and out. "The glory of the latter house is greater than that of the former".
In addition to the aforementioned renovation undertaking, Up From The World Ministries, under the leadership of Pastor Wilkerson, has also purchased twenty-four abandoned homes, and several vacate lots, in the immediate vicinity of its worship facility. To date, twenty of those homes have been completely restored and are being used to provide the membership of Up From The World Ministries with wonderful, affordable housing.
Pastor Wilkerson is the winner of Detroit's 2015 NAACP Hometown Champions Contest for his work in the community. He had the privilege of attending the 46th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, CA on February 6, 2015.
Pastor Wilkerson is also the author of several eye-opening Christian Publications such as a book entitled "New Creature In Christ Jesus" that deals with the issue of drug addiction and drug distribution from a spiritual perspective.
Last, and certainly not least, Pastor Wilkerson is the father of four wonderful children: Arika, Arric II, Arriel, and Alexis, whom he loves dearly.