What’s your full name? Derek Dewaine Parson

Where did you grow up? A little town in Ohio called Leesville.

Tell us about your church:  I am the associate Pastor of Youth and Media at the Laurel Nazarene Church in Laurel, Delaware. (  I have been here for about 2 months.  Before that I was the youth pastor at a church in Pennsylvania for 9 years.

What’s a nick name you’ve been given…but you hate. Why? I don’t have any nicknames that I hate. But, interestingly, I was named Derek because my mom thought that people wouldn’t be able to shorten it.  However, in college people shortened it to “D”.  Sorry mom!

What’s your favorite TV show from the 80’s? (If you are too young to remember the 80’s, pick A.L.F.) The A TEAM!  Gotta love a show with tons of machine guns being fired all over the place, and no one ever getting shot.

Computer or TV? Computer

How old were you when you first felt called to ministry? I was 17. Before I felt called to youth ministry I planned on being a cartoonist.

Would you rather kick a puppy or make a baby cry? Make a baby cry.  Babies cry all the time anyways, and what kind of monster would kick a puppy?

What’s a recent EPIC youth ministry mistake? I apparently said “sext” instead of “text” during announcements.

Have you ever left a kid on an event/camp/retreat/missions trip/etc.? Have you ever wanted to? No, and most definitely Yes!

What do you enjoy doing outside of youth ministry? I am a Star Wars nerd, coffee enthusiast, and I love just spending time with my wife, Aubree.

Are you a good dancer? Only if being embarrassing to my wife is considered “good”.

What color shoes are you wearing? gray

What’s the worst injury that’s happened on one of your event/camp/retreat/missions trip/etc.? broken arm.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you hate ALL NIGHTERS? (1 = stab me in the eye and 10 = stab me in the eye with a spoon) 10.  I hate them and we don’t do them.  They are not needed, and cause more harm than good for families and volunteers.

How good are you at keeping receipts? Does your church administrator love or hate you? It depends on the month.

What would you do if you could be invisible for one day? Sneak into the filming of Star Wars Episode VII

He is a nerd! And one we love here at DYM. You can check out all of Derek’s resources on DYM right here!