“I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” — Psalm 40:1-2
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Derek and his family moved to Charlotte, NC to join the pastoral staff at Christ Covenant several years ago. He now serves as our Pastor of Shepherding and Discipleship. Derek oversees the overall structure for Shepherding and Discipleship at the church, working with our elders to ensure continuity of spiritual care across our congregation.
Derek graduated with a bachelor’s degree from North Greenville University and then attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. He is married to Michelle and has three children (Kate, Caroline, and Drew) who currently attend Covenant Day School. Their family enjoys traveling to their family farm in Illinois every summer, trips to the South Carolina coast and participating in sports at the school and in the community. Derek enjoys down time with his family, as well as reading biographies, history and keeping up with college football.
About his call to Christ Covenant, Derek says, “We had no idea what the Lord had in store when he called us here. He has been immeasurably good to us in our time at Christ Covenant. I quickly grew to love the people and feel a passion to be present with them as a pastor and shepherd. We are extremely grateful for the Lord’s hand of blessing and look forward to what he has for our church in the future.”