Derry has 25 years of youth ministry experience in the local church. 23 years of that time was spent at one church, and 2.3 years at the other. He has experienced the joys of longevity and the power of diving in for a short assignment at a church in need of a transitional leader. He has also faced the challenges, pains, and pitfalls that come with pouring his life into the next generation and those who invest in them. In recent years, his passion has shifted from pastoring youth to investing in youth pastors. He is excited to be devoting the 2nd half of his ministry life to coaching, consulting, and caring for starting, stuck, and struggling youth pastors.
Derry hosts a podcast for youth ministers called “My Third Decade In Youth Ministry,” and has authored numerous resources through Download Youth Ministry.
He married his college sweetheart in 2000. They have 4 kids - 1 in state adoption, 1 interstate adoption, 1 international adoption, and one biological. He is a Chicago Cubs and Indianapolis Colts fan, and loves all things Disney Parks.
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