“I’m passionate about many things, but none more than the transforming power of Jesus. At Christ Fellowship, we want to be part of the transforming work of God, that is why our vision is “to equip individuals to be all God has designed them to be.” We believe that all people, regardless of background, struggles, or doubts, are invited to encounter and walk with God. Our leadership team works hard to create a welcoming, authentic, and value adding culture that feels more like family than religion. Above all else, it is my hope that Christ Fellowship would be known for our genuine love for God and for one another.”
Derek and Kate are thrilled to call Christ Fellowship their church home. Derek is an authentic and relatable communicator who passionately engages people to grow in awareness of God and to embrace their God-given identity and purpose. He strives to boldly preach the truth of God in a way that is practical and applicable in the real world. Derek believes that the Church is purposed to partner with God to redeem individuals, families, workplaces, and communities.
The former Teaching Pastor of Bayou City Fellowship Church in Houston, TX, Derek is a dynamic leader with a heart to develop people and to see them become all God designed them to be. A former wide receiver and special team’s member of The Ohio State University varsity football team (2004-2007), Derek obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from OSU in 2007. His previous career in corporate America enables him to uniquely relate to a broad audience both inside and outside of the church.
Derek and his wife, Kate, have 3 beautiful children who bring lots of fun to their home. Kate has a passion for writing and connecting people to God through the written word. Kate’s deep love for God and His people is evident the moment you meet her. She embraces life with arms and heart wide open. You can read more about Kate on her blog, http://www.aringingbell.com.