Throughout the interview process, Derick wrote responses to several questions. Get to know him (and his wife) more through some of his responses below:
Greetings High Point Church!
I am honored to candidate to be your next youth pastor. It is my desire that through this written Q & A you get to see Beth and me as we really are, quirks and all! You are in our prayers as you prayerfully consider how you will vote in regards to my candidacy for this position. Seeking God’s will and Glory!
Derick (and Beth) Valencik
How We Met:
FROM BETH: Derick and I met during our sophomore year at Philadelphia Biblical University, through a ministry group to
freshman students. I first noticed his indoor soccer shoes, but was too shy to introduce myself. As the year continued, we got to know each other through the ministry team meetings and through sharing our personal prayer requests. Our relationship deepened as we realized shared goals and vision for our future, and in November 2006, he proposed and we got married on March 8, 2008. I did not want to get married in March, because the weather is usually bad, but we eventually decided that we’d rather get married and trust that God has control of all kinds of weather. On our wedding day, we experienced torrential rain, beaming sunshine, a rainbow, high winds, and snow!
FROM DERICK: I first noticed Beth a few months into our freshman year. At the time I was admittedly a little bit “girl crazy” and was on the hunt for a girlfriend. I remember waiting in line in the cafeteria at school when I first noticed her blue eyes. (when she wears her contacts the blue REALLY pops J ) I remember thinking to myself “this is a small school, and I’ve never seen her before, or her friends so I guess I have no chance.” I left it at that. I saw her a couple more times that first year in passing but was never able to strike up a conversation. THEN…I was pleased to realize that we were both selected to be a part of a ministry team our sophomore year to the new freshman class. God in His grace allowed me to build a friendship with her over the course of that year which led to us beginning to date our Junior year. After a short rough spot that I loathingly call our “Dark August” (because we broke up for the month of august) We worked out some kinks grew deeper and were eventually engaged and married. We’ve been happily married for a little over 5 years now!
Favorite Things To Do:
FROM BETH: I enjoy spending time outside, collecting and reading well written and funny children’s books to young children, having a good conversation, taking time to try new recipes (especially cooking with Derick in the kitchen helping me), and eating any kind of breakfast food. I like a good “chick flick” with a great batch of homemade popcorn. I enjoy dancing at Zumba classes. I love finding a great deal when shopping. I love listening to music, especially to Rich Mullins.
FROM DERICK: I enjoy trying new things and going on an adventure! I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. I’d love to get more into sailing and kayaking. I am a BIG soccer fan and am pretty rabid about the Philadelphia Union. I also enjoy sports and competition in general. My dream vacation would be to visit Ireland and England, and to tour the amazing castles, cathedrals, cities, and towns all around the Islands. I would also love to attend a Chelsea FC game. I also enjoy good food (and eating it with Beth).
FROM BETH: I went skydiving once; I’ve been to China and Brazil-my faith was solidified and my life changed when at 15 I was asked to teach English in China- I finally saw God as personally involved in answering my prayers and being in control. I almost drowned in the New River in W. Virginia while white water rafting on a high school senior trip. Since being married and graduating, I’ve been a nanny, a teacher’s aide, and presently a preschool teacher.
FROM DERICK: I have been able to go sky diving twice, and would love to go again if anyone is interested! I have been diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Tourette’s Syndrome that I feel allows me to minister more effectively to teens and has helped to develop a fighters spirit in me. Even though I am days away from being 29 (as I write this) sometimes people still think I am in high school. Over the past 10 years I have had the opportunity to minister in affluent suburbs of Philadelphia (Dresher PA) and Princeton NJ (Pennington NJ), and also in a highly poverty stricken and drug riddled section of inner city Philadelphia (Kensington section). Most recently God has sent me back to my home town on the edge of what’s known as the coal region, and the Susquehanna valley to minister to teenagers and adults who come from broken and dysfunctional homes and to begin planting a new church in town.
Things We Like To Do As A Couple:
FROM BETH: We love driving and taking trips together in the car, walking together, laughing at our quirky cats, hosting guests at our house, and having good heartfelt conversations.
FROM DERICK: We sometimes like to go on a long drive on a day off, planning to intentionally getting lost and to stop and checkout whatever we find interesting. We like to go on brisk walks together at the end of the day and depending on our moods we enjoy going to a coffee shop and reading a book or watching a local musician play.
Read about Derick’s Thoughts on Ministry
Watch a Sermon given by Derick