God called Derek to saving faith in Jesus Christ after after saving his life in a college auto accident. Derek married Judy in 2003 and they have 3 children, Bethany, Jeremy, and Katelyn. In his spare time, he practices law.
One of Derek's favorite books of the Bible is Isaiah. Though language can never fully capture the character and nature of the almighty, triune God, the rich imagery of Isaiah's poetry cannot help but stir the mind, heart, and soul to worship.
In his free time, Derek enjoys reading Christian biographies such as Adoniram Judson, Jonathan Edwards, or Jim Eliot. He is inspired by such men who have both poured out their lives "like a drink offering," and also have "run the race with endurance." He also enjoys music, classical, jazz, and his kids belting out “By Faith” or “Mighty to Save.”