Derek Baerenwald

Derek is a husband, father of three and campus pastor at our Edina campus. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. Before joining the pastoral staff at Wooddale, Derek spent several years at Ecolab helping teams and customers make the world cleaner, safer and healthier across many industries, and grew in his own faith along the way.

Derek and his wife Alesha are passionate about equipping men, women, couples, parents and children to follow Jesus, be changed by Jesus and live on mission with Jesus through 1:1 mentoring and discipleship. They’re excited to encourage each generation to walk confidently in God’s love through Jesus and be a light in the communities they live and work. Derek loves learning new languages and connecting with cultures, enjoys roasting coffee, and is excited to connect and hear your story.