Derik serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Youth Ministry and professor at Liberty University. He served as a student pastor in local churches for 16 years. He has led in churches of different sizes from 250 to over 20000 in weekly attendance. He has a huge heart and passion for raising up the Next Generation of Leaders. Derik believes deeply in what God does in the life of students at camp. As a senior in high school, he surrendered his life to Jesus at a summer camp. He is married to his beautiful wife Meagan and has two kids: Abby (5) and Austin (2).