Derrick was a missionary kid in Russia before he received biblical training and seven years of ministry experience at Jackson Hole Bible College. Alene grew up on her family's ranch in Wyoming and attended Frontier School of the Bible and Jackson Hole Bible College. Derrick and Alene will be married in May and move to Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska as missionaries. They will be working with the Nunamiut Eskimo church to make disciples and train native leaders. Derrick received his Private Pilot Certificate through Kingdom Air Corps, and will be working towards his next flight ratings in coming summers.