We both grew up in the Midwest, and God increased our passion for cross-cultural missions after going on short-term mission trips. After high school, we each spent one and a half years in Lusaka, Zambia with ACTION Zambia (AZ) working with street kids and the HIV/AIDS crisis. While in Zambia, God gave Derek the desire to pursue a Biblical Studies degree and Kristin the desire to become a Registered Nurse. We got married in 2006 and finished college and then returned to Zambia with ACTION to lead the C.R.O.S.S. Project HIV/AIDS Ministry.
We served on the ACTION Zambia team as coordinators of the C.R.O.S.S. Project from 2011 to mid-2016. Derek also served as the ACTION Zambia Country Director for three years of our time in Zambia. In August 2017, we returned to the States, where Derek is now serving with the ACTION USA team as an Associate Director with an emphasis on strategic planning.
Derek and Kristin are blessed to have two sons.