Derek Van Ruler

Derek Van Ruler

Lead Pastor

I grew up in Central California in a Christian family that regularly attended church and even sent my brothers and I to a Christian school. However, despite this upbringing, God seemed to me an angry supernatural being that simply put up with me. It wasn't until my junior year of college at Cal Poly Pomona (in Southern California) that I truly came to believe in Jesus Christ. During this time, I worked and lived a secluded life. But fortunately, my roommate hosted a Bible study in my apartment. The Bible study leader kept loving me and inviting me in. Over the course of a couple months, the truth of God's contra-conditional love and acceptance of me in Christ Jesus radically transformed my life. At this point, I also began to realize that all of life is ultimately about our glorious God, which completely transformed me.

From there God brought me to Freiburg, Germany, where I ministered to college students for one and a half years while working with Campus Crusade for Christ. During this time, at a training, I met my beautiful wife, Alecia. We were married in 2010 and moved to her home state of Wisconsin before heading down to Texas for three years, so I could attend Redeemer Seminary. 

Then, in June 2014, I took an Associate Pastor position at Sunbury City Church and officially became the Lead Pastor in August 2015. Since that time my role has been to establish the vision and direction of Sunbury City Church while equipping others to minister in our community.  Sunbury City Church exists to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus who love God, live the gospel, embrace our community, and plant movements.  Additionally, we have two wonderful boys. 

My hope for the future is that we as a church would treasure Christ so much that we would gather like a family gathers, grow in our service to King Jesus, his church, and the greater community, and go as missionaries to the ends of the globe for the glory of Christ.  To that end, I want to be used by God to raise up a continual line of men and women who sacrifice their lives for the expansion of God's kingdom.