Derek was born and raised in Cokato, Minnesota. In 2006, he and his wife Tara decided to make Thunder Bay their home and have been active members of Grassroots Church ever since. They are both passionate about fostering healthy church community as one way that God’s healing work is accomplished and expressed in the world. Derek is responsible for coordinating the church’s Ministry Team.
They have 3 children, Isabella, Matteus and Eli.