Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there's always something new in the works. Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida. Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

“Be still…” – the decision for faith when the world overwhelms us

You know, friends, sometimes life is difficult. Family can involve real challenges; people you care about deeply are out of range when they need support and guidance; work responsibilities can be overwhelming; grandchildren are too far away to hug and encourage; people sometimes are unreasonable; global threats spread with exponential inevitability, be it illness or […]