Derek Baker brings to ROC a history with Street Pastor and Street Angel projects across Hampshire and West Sussex – primarily in :Portsmouth and Bognor Regis but also in an area-wide role supporting, training and mentoring volunteers. With an earlier career in IT mostly within the voluntary sector, he has always preferred to do stuff outside of the four walls of church and be known for doing things rather than talking about it.
Derek grew up in Plymouth, Devon and, having moved away in the early 80’s to be part of a church in Surrey, South London and then the South Coast, has felt a call to return to the Southwest. Derek sees value in community initiatives whether that is restoring a village pond, walking the streets looking out for those who might need some help or simply getting a few guys together for a biking, walking or camping trip.
Derek has been married to Penny for over 35 years with two grown up children. When he’s not walking the streets he’s often found seeking out wild and remote places.