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 calling has shifted from ministering in the local church to investing in the ministers of local churches (primarily 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 ministry leaders (primarily those investing in the next generation).

He married his college sweetheart Janelle 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.