Derian will soon be celebrating his 20th anniversary working in youth ministry, much of it spent with Youth Unlimited’s Langley division.
“The road to Langley started out with a particularly good cup of coffee with an old friend, Danny Ferguson,” he says. “I had no idea where that coffee would take us. Before I knew it, I was quitting my job selling power tools and spending all discernable free-time fundraising and volunteering.”
And that was ten years ago. When Derian started there were only three youth workers supporting one high school, and that has grown to nine staff, three interns, and 30 volunteers, supporting six high schools. The group works out of an airport-hangar- turned-ministry-centre, and utilizes an 18-passenger bus for a mobile drop-in centre as God continues to grow YU’s reach in Langley.
Just like with Danny, one little meet-up can change everything. For Derian that was a blind date with his now wife, Allison. Today you can find them thankful for the set-up as they celebrate thirteen years of marriage while raising two boys—Sawyer and Cohen. Their boys have shown them the truth that the days are long but the years fly by.
“No matter what size or shape of our ministry, our dream remains the same–that the youth of Langley would have the means to live a healthy life—physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.”
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