2019 Speaker

Derek Bates

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Campus Pastor

University of Pittsburgh


Derek Bates- RUF, PITT - Derek has been the campus pastor for RUF at PITT since 2008.  Born and raised in VA, he graduated from James Madison University, lived briefly in Ukraine, CO, and then St. Louis, MO where he graduated (again) from Covenant Theological Seminary.  Derek enjoys reading, sports, lifting weights, fixing up broken things, good music, concerts, and drinking coffee with students.  Derek is married and has 4 awesome kids. 

Derek is also a YXL Northeast "alum" as this will be his second time as our speaker.  We are excited to have him back and look forward to how God will use him throughout the week.