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Derek came to First Presbyterian Church of Logan in the fall of 2012. Initially he served as the Associate Pastor for Christian Education, before being installed as the head-of-staff pastor in 2016.

Derek grew up Colorado, Singapore, and California, attending Presbyterian churches in all three places. He loves to lead worship and study scripture. Before coming to Logan Derek was a Presbyterian Church (USA) Mission Co-Worker serving in Zimbabwe.

Derek has an International MBA from the University of Denver and a Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has a deep love for APTS and theological education. Prior to attending seminary Derek worked in aerospace manufacturing.

Derek and his wife Laura married in 2018 at Derek’s childhood church in Arvada, Colorado. Laura and Derek ski/snowboard in the winter, kayak, play pickleball, and ride Derek’s Ducati in the warmer weather, and always enjoy a nice walk with their border collie Ellie and golden retriever Abbey.