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Derry grew up in Bel Air, Maryland. She worked as a Registered Nurse in Baltimore where she met and married her husband Paul, a resident physician. His continuing education took them to Phoenix, Arizona, then to New Haven, Connecticut and finally to Portland, Oregon. A friend encouraged her to attend Bible Study Fellowship in Portland where she heard the gospel and committed her life to Christ. Soon after that, a series of events forced her to see the importance of being able to articulate and defend the Christian faith. In an effort to further her theological studies for ministry, she completed her undergraduate studies at Multnomah University with a BS in Biblical Foundations. Shortly after graduation, on the advice of professors, family and friends, she enrolled in Biola University’s Masters of Christian Apologetics program and graduated with highest honors in December of 2014.
Derry has led numerous bible studies to groups ranging from seniors to middle schoolers. She sees the university as a place where students discover their identity, as well as a place where critical ideas are formed that influence the culture and ultimately the world. As Director of Ratio Christi at Portland State, she is excited to engage with a wide diversity of students. One of her goals is to provide an opportunity for Christian students on campus to be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. She also wants to give non-Christian students a safe and respectful environment to discuss the deep questions of life, and their objections to the truth claims of Christianity.
Derry lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Paul. They have three young adult children, sons Ty and Winston, and daughter Wendall, and a scrappy Jack Russell terrier named Buddy. When Derry isn’t in ministry in the city she enjoys exercising, reading, and cheering on the Trailblazers with her family and friends.