About Derek

Derek was ordained into ministry in 2006 and has served churches in Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina and Indiana. Two of those were new church plants. He was added to the GCC staff in April 2019. Derek believes that as our knowledge of God grows, our worship of God grows. He aims to choose songs that reflect Biblical themes that help expand our understanding of God.


Derek earned a Bachelor's in Music from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, and will soon complete his Masters in New Testament and Preaching from Johnson University of Knoxville, Tennessee.  


Derek is married to Julie, his high school sweetheart. They have four children. Most of their free time is spent hanging out as a family.


Favorite Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Favorite Foods: Derek will eat pretty much anything except kale

Favorite Verse: Romans 8:1