Pastor of Student Ministries ~ Derek Ryder
I received a calling from God to youth ministry at the age of 16 while on a mission trip to Pittsburgh, PA. I attended Valley Forge Christian College where I studied youth ministry. I am passionate about helping students; through difficulties of their teen years, make decisions they won't come to regret later, find a relationship with and/or grow in Christ. My hope is to see students come together to encourage and care for each other.
I've been married to Leann since 2004 and we have two children. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing most any sport, listening to music, and reading Ted Dekker books.
Favorite band: Diciple. Favorite food: Cannoli.
Words of Wisdom: It's not that people don't feel convicted, it's that people don't feel it's convenient.