Derek Thomas grew up in the Kansas City. When almost 12, he was convicted of sin and came to Christ. During college, Derek gave his heart and life to the Lord. After graduation, he married Julie. Derek and his wife surrendered to missions in 1995. In April of 1997, they bagan Vilnius Bible Baptist Church and Bible Baptist Institute in Vilnius, Lithuania. In August 2007 the Thomas’ took what is now Faith Baptist Church of Raymore as a church plant or re-start, where they currently are faithfully serving. Derek and Julie have been married for 25 years and have three sons.