Meet Dereck

Admissions job: My role is to help build deeper connections and relationships with local churches and faith-based communities.

Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Education:  Taylor University (BA in Media Communications), Seattle Pacific University (MA in Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies 2022)

Favorite Seattle Restaurant: Thai food always

A trip I’d like to take: The Trans-Siberian Railway

Family: I have immediate family in Ohio, my fiancé is in Pennsylvania and will be joining me in June, and I have extended family in Kenya, Africa.

Books reading now: Too many for grad school

Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans and Hitch

Favorite thing about SPU: It’s hard to beat the location and access to so much of what Seattle has to offer.

Advice for high school/transfer students: Don’t stress too much, enjoy this journey of discovery, and try to find a place that accepts you and allows you to make a difference. Find a community that will grow and stretch you.

Hobbies & Fun Facts: I love to cook.