Pastor Derek gave his life to Christ in 1992 at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa while attending UC Irvine. His desire to serve God full-time led him to attend Calvary Chapel Bible College where he also served on staff upon graduating. It was during this time that he met his wife, Rachel. They went on to plant a church in Bedford, New Hampshire, and served there for six years. In 2007, they were called by God to move to Las Vegas with their three children, Alec, Hanna, and Levi. Pastor Derek currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Awaken Las Vegas and Rachel Neider serves as the Women’s Ministry Director.


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Out of all the amazing things I get to do with the Lord, spending time alone in the Word with Him is easily my favorite. I invite you to glean with me the treasures hidden in His Word through The Daily Devotional Podcast, sign up to receive a weekly email of encouragement from me and/or browse our message archive. Let’s be diligent to live our lives at the feet of Jesus and allow ourselves to be transformed by the renewing of our minds!

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