By Hannah Beairsto ’20
Dereck Plante came to Messiah this May, though it’s far from the first bullet on his resume. He graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in 1997, has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and has a certificate in Biblical Studies. He has served in both Cambodia and Romania, experiences a bit outside of his field as an engineer, but very much in line with the passion for ministry that led him to the Collaboratory. Before God led him to Messiah, he took his Masters to the field of electronics in organizations such as Lucent Technologies, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (the institution that found the Titanic!), and Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
One of his favorite things about the Collaboratory is that it involves students working on projects that solve real-world problems across the globe, because he is “passionate about missions, and sharing love of Christ with others.”
He, his wife Lea, and their two children, fourteen-year-old Ruth and nine-year old Alan, enjoy outdoor activities such as traveling and hiking. His family has been involved with YWAM (Youth With a Mission), a non-denominational missions organization, for almost two years.
One of his favorite Bible verses comes from the Old Testament: Micah 6:8, “….and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (NASB)”
Derek says this verse is meaningful to him “ we usually say something like, love the Lord your God with heart soul mind and strength, but this shows the outward expression is how we act that out. To walk humbly with your God, to me, is kind of a way to that we shouldn’t be arrogant or prideful about our knowledge or relationship with God but be humble as we journey through our faith, which helps us to love others in the way God wants us to, because we’re not being arrogant.”
In conclusion, Dereck says “I am thankful that my passion in engineering, missions and education have come together.”