Dr. Desmond is married to Lara and has three daughters: Gabriella, and Anabella and Olivia, who are twins. Lara serves as a teacher in a local Christian school. Dr. Desmond graduated with a Bachelor of Theology Hons. from BTC and accepted a call to the Open Baptist Church in Gabarone (Botswana), where he served as an Associate Pastor until 2011, when he accepted the Executive Pastor post at Eastside Community Church in Pretoria East. Dr. Desmond completed his Masters Degree with the University of Pretoria in 2011 and is one of the few Baptist PhD graduates in Missiology in Southern Africa.
Dr. Desmond has a love for people and enjoys academic engagement and has published a book, ‘Quintessential Mission,’ and authored numerous articles published in accredited journals (nationally and internationally). In 2014, Dr. Desmond was appointed as an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer to the North West University to work in the area of PHD Students and serves as a Guest Professor at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Dr. Desmond joined BTC fulltime in 2012 as the Missiologist and Deputy Registrar, and was appointed Registrar and Missiologist in September 2014.