Derek grew up in Shreveport, LA. While at Louisiana Tech University, through the ministry of the Wesley Foundation, he was captivated by the majesty of God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ. He graduated in 1997, immediately married his wife Jamie, and today they are proud parents of their daughter Mackenzie. Derek is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, and currently serves at FUMC Shreveport, where he leads the contemporary service, FAITHLink. He loves spending time with his wife and daughter, reading, watching movies, and cycling.