Hi, My name is Derek Ellens and I am the pastor here at Ingersoll CRC. My family and I joined our church in October of 2020 and I’ve quickly grown to love our welcoming community. I grew up in the Hamilton area and then moved around a bit to Grand Rapids, Michigan and Brampton, Ontario before answering God’s call to serve here in Ingersoll. In my brief time here so far I have already witnessed God doing a new thing in our town and in our church community. People are returning to Christ, finding meaningful relationships after isolation, and the restoring work of the Holy Spirit is changing lives. It is this coming of the Kingdom of God, on earth as it is in Heaven, that excites me most about being a Pastor. Some of my passions are community outreach, growing as disciples of Jesus, and preaching. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. I am equally passionate about the outdoors. You are likely to find me enjoying my garden, fishing, golfing, camping, cottaging, or out for a walk. I am happily married to Jillian and a proud dad to Adeline and Calvin.