Youth Pastor

Hello there! My name is Derick VanAken. I am the Youth Pastor here at Community Life Church and I couldn’t be more honored to be in the position I am to lead our teens. I have an amazing wife, Hannah, and together we have an adorable ball of happiness in our son Karter.

I have been attending Community Life Church since 2009 and have been involved in multiple ministries over that time. I have a huge heart for serving our Heavenly Father and the people of this city! Growing up, I was as close to a pastor’s kid as you could be without actually being one. Church was our second home and my parent’s love of people rubbed off on me and is what drove me to be who I am today.

I love working with teenagers and everything that comes with it. Junior high and high school are pivotal times in our children’s lives. Showing them the love of Jesus Christ and laying a biblical, faith based foundation is so important. Being able to watch what God does in their lives and to see their relationship grow is the greatest reward I could ask for! It is my goal as the Youth Pastor, at Community Life Church, to develop and nurture a true, meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ in our teens and to bring change to our community and to truly be the diiference.