Personal Life: Derrick enjoys spending time with his amazing wife, Tasha (a professional singer, dancer, actress, and fitness studio owner), and his adorable dog, Zoe Bean (a professional sock, shoe, and generally anything-else-she-can-get-a-hold-of eater).
He enjoys reading, music, video games (has a slight RPG addiction), comics, 80s cartoons & movies (seriously, was there any better decade for stuff like that?), being goofy, and encouraging others.
Current ministry or Job: Associate Pastor/ Youth Pastor for a church near Boyertown, PA.
Contribution to Shattered: Derrick serves as Founder and Executive Director. Creator of some of Shattered’s creative properties. And provides additional contributions of writing, music, dance, and drama projects.
Ministry background: Derrick has been a leader in youth and young adult ministry (especially involving music, dance, and drama) for close to 15 years. He has served as a counselor to youth with behavioral and mental health issues both in public schools and in home settings. He continues to serve as a Youth and Associate Pastor.
Education background: BA in Christian Education (Youth Ministry Concentration) with a minor in Business Administration from Messiah College. Official Counseling Training with Manito, Inc. Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Eastern University.
What is your personal reason for being involved: “Suicide, Depression, Apathy, and Low Self-Esteem are ever increasing in our society, especially among our youth and young adults. I think it is time for people to stand up and do all they can to bring hope to this generation. I am passionate about helping people understand how much value and worth they have simply by virtue of being created and designed by a loving God. I am passionate about people encountering this God and knowing Him personally. And I am passionate about people realizing their potential to positively impact this world & discovering the many talents they have been given so they can help others and honor God.”