Pastor Derek gave his life to Christ in 1992 at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa while attending UC Irvine. His desire to serve God full-time led him to attend Calvary Chapel Bible College where he also served on staff upon graduating. It was during this time that he met his wife, Rachel. They went on to plant a church in Bedford, New Hampshire, and served there for six years. In 2007, they were called by God to move to Las Vegas with their three children, Alec, Hanna, and Levi. Pastor Derek currently serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Spring Valley.