Derek came to serve at Canyon Road Baptist Church in June 2022. Derek lives in Sand Springs with his wife Casey and his two young daughters, Molly and Madison. Derek received his Applied Ministry (Youth Emphasis) at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2005. He received his Master of Theological Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017. He has served as Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor in local churches since 1999. He is currently a teacher at Sand Springs and part time Youth Pastor at CRBC. Derek says, "I have been a follower of Christ since age 15 when God got a hold of me and changed me forever. Call me crazy, but I love teenagers? I have spent two decades ministering to teenagers in multiple roles. I am a big believer in education. When I'm not ministering to kids you can catch me playing chess, watching goofy TV shows, reading and cheering on the OU Sooners!"