Derek was born in Scotland and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa. He has a B.A. degree from Kentucky Christian University, with additional studies at Indiana University and Fuller Theological Seminary.
He worked at East 49th St Christian Church and East 91st St Christian Church; 20 plus years in urban ministry with Young Life; Stationers; Palmer Dodge; and Hare Chrysler.
Derek has served on Boards at Alexander Christian Foundation and Mary E. Ober Foundation.