4th Level currently operates as a not-for-profit ministry under the umbrella of Sunbury City Church, a Southern Baptist church in Central Pennsylvania. Our hope is to see 4th Level become an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses full-time on multiplying disciplemakers.
Derek van ruler
Derek came to faith in Christ while studying at Cal Poly Pomona through the college ministry named Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). It was in Cru when he first experienced intentional discipleship when a mentor helped him grow spiritually and equip him for ministry.
Shortly after graduating, he joined Cru’s full-time staff and served on college campuses in Freiburg, Germany, and Menomonie, Wisconsin. During this time, Derek learned the importance of discipling future leaders, seeing generational discipleship established, and ministering in cross-cultural environments. While serving in Menomonie, Derek oversaw the replanting of a student ministry after a massive division. He led a team of students to implement a new strategy of reaching the campus for Christ and training new leaders. As his time serving on campus came to a close, Derek was able to transfer leadership to student leaders, some of whom went on to serve God in full-time ministry. In addition to serving in Menomonie, he also led teams of students on evangelistic mission trips to the beaches of Panama City, Florida (over Spring Break), the inner city of Chicago, and the West African nation of Ghana.
After his time with Cru, Derek, and his wife moved to Dallas, Texas, where he received his Master’s of Divinity from Redeemer Seminary (now Reformed Theological Seminary, Dallas) and a Certificate of Biblical Counseling from CCEF (Christian Counseling Education Foundation). While in seminary, Derek became a member of The Village Church and served both as a Home Group leader and a Home Group Coach, overseeing other Home Group Leaders. It provided him the opportunity to see firsthand what a gospel-centered church looks like while learning how to shepherd others towards greater maturity and multiplication.
After his seminary season concluded, Derek accepted a call to pastor Sunbury City Church, a small church plant in rural Central Pennsylvania, where he has served since 2014. In his first few years of ministry at SCC, he transitioned the church towards a missional community model of ministry and firmly established an elder-led, congregationally-governed polity. He has cast a vision, led by example, trained, and equipped many within his church to evangelize and make disciples. Derek has formed volunteer teams, including a team of volunteer staff who handle many of the church’s day-to-day operations.
Currently, Derek is involved in training and coaching future church planters, pastors, and leaders across central Pennsylvania and beyond. He is also serving churches in Pennsylvania, as the President of a local regional chapter of The Gospel Coalition (TGC), and in North Carolina through church partnerships.
Scott is a native of Central Pennsylvania and grew up in and around the local church. Although he heard the gospel on many occasions during his early years, at the age of 17 he believed in the finished work of Jesus Christ and was saved. Scott had (what he now knows) the unique privilege of being discipled from the beginning of his journey with Christ. That act of one-on-one discipleship transformed how he understood the Christian life.
After a season of pursuing a college education in Criminal Justice, Scott felt burdened by the Lord to grow, especially in learning the Bible and training for ministry. That led him to Lancaster Bible College (LBC) to study the Bible and Youth Ministry. During his season at LBC, his passion for making disciples was clear, but how that would come about was much less clear. After graduation, Scott was hired by LBC and worked in their Admissions Office before transitioning to the Office of Student Life. In his role as Dean of Students, equipping leaders to engage in ministry effectively took root.
Scott and his family began attending a new church plant while he was completing his MA in Pastoral Ministry. During that season of training, God continued to shepherd him towards local church ministry, giving him a heart full of love for the Bride of Christ.
Since his time in Lancaster, Scott has served the local church, leading men’s ministries and small groups. He currently serves as the Equipping Pastor at Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church, a church right across the river from where he grew up. In his role at Emmanuel, Scott has the joy of multiplying disciplemakers and equipping the saints in the church to do the work of ministry.
God has worked in Scott’s life to equip him for service in the local church in more ways than he can number. But one thing that needs to be said is the incredible gift of his wife, Lindsey. She is a dedicated disciplemaker and hospitality aficionado. They have two boys, Weston and Eli, and their family enjoys camping, sports, reading, and seeking ways to be a light in downtown Sunbury, Pennsylvania.