Influenced by a family who were committed to teaching him about Jesus, Derek came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at age 13. God used a high school football injury followed by a severe infection to help change the focus of Derek’s dreams and begin a calling to a lifetime of serving Him in full-time ministry. Derek and his wife, Kim, met at Shorter University and were married in 1994. They now have three children.
After college, Derek served as a youth pastor at Hebron for about nine years. During this time, he completed a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2001, Derek followed the Lord’s call to serve Him in Lake Placid, NY. For over nine years, he served as the pastor of Lake Placid Baptist Church, the director of North Country Ministries, and the Resort Evangelism Strategist for the Baptist Convention of New York. One ministry area was to share the good news of Jesus Christ with Olympic Winter Sports athletes. During that time, he started and led a weekly Bible study at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid and served as a chaplain at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. In 2011, Derek accepted the call to return to Hebron as Executive Pastor, where his passion for outreach and church planting is inspiring the congregation to new vision.