Pastor Derik was born and raised in San Jose, California. At the age of 11, he knew he was called to be a pastor. He walked closely with God into adulthood and later attended Bethany University. Derik ended up in the administration office in tears the day he chose to fully commit to ministry and his calling to be a pastor. Later in his college years, Derik began dating Sarah, who he met at church during high school. After graduating from Bethany, he was asked to step in as his home church's Junior High Pastor in 2012. Derik preached every week and Sarah became the youth worship director. After 3 years of dating, Derik & Sarah got married in 2013.
They took the biggest leap of faith together when they decided to leave their church in San Jose at the end of 2014. Just a few months after that leap of faith, Sarah left her job to pursue music and ministry full time. With no backup plan, they began to chase after God and His heart. In March of 2016 God planted their feet at RISE CITY CHURCH. In 2018 they welcomed their son, Clark James, into the world. They love calling Redwood City home and are thrilled to see God moving powerfully at RCC and in their community.