His wife Erin, with whom he directs the Miller Summer Youth Institute, is also a Presbyterian pastor. They have two children, Dylan and Lydia.
When he’s not working or spending time with his family, Derek researches and writes about Christian art, architecture, and symbolism. His research and writing have led him to complete a Master of Theology Degree with a thesis focused on art and architecture in the Reformed Tradition. He has also published articles in the Post-Gazette, the Presbyterian Outlook, These Days Devotional Magazine, and Wiley’s Reviews in Religion and Theology. He has also contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States and American Religious History: Belief and Society through Time.