Derek joined the staff of TLBC in May, 2021. He and his wife Teresa love the Ozarks are both native to our area– Teresa a graduate of Mt. Home High School and Derek a graduate of Cotter High School. They were married in 1993 and have three children: Jordan, Shiloh, and Faith. Derek surrendered to God’s call to ministry in 1994 and immediately began pastoring in Yellville, AR. He has also pastored churches in North Carolina and Missouri. Derek received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & History (1994) from Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Arkansas and received His Master of Divinity (2003) and Doctor of Ministry (2010) both from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forrest, North Carolina. Derek is passionate about missions, expository preaching, and seeing people grow in their walk with Jesus through the study and application of God’s Word. Derek and Teresa have been on mission trips in several countries, and they love doing marriage ministry together. Teresa is a registered nurse and loves helping people in the church and the community. She enjoys traveling and time with her family. Derek enjoys hunting, fishing, horses, Arkansas Razorbacks, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Derek’s life verse is Ecclesiastes 7:14; Teresa’s life verse is 1 Peter 5:10.