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Seven Questions with Derk Schulze

Derk Schulze
Director of Missions, North Coast Baptist Association
This week we are bringing you the North Coast Baptist Association Director of Missions, Derk Schulze, who has also been serving his small church, Sunny Brae Church in Arcata, for almost 30 years! He and his lovely wife Wendy are celebrating 38 years of marriage and together they share seven children. At the beginning of 2024, Derk and Wendy are expecting a new grandbaby to make a grand appearance, rounding the total to five grandkids! He is presently a student at Gateway Seminary, having completed his MTS this past June, and preparing to enter into the ThM program or the doctorate program (still to be determined). Reading is very much something he enjoys doing, in fact, he begins and ends his day doing just that! He also enjoys taking long walks out in the beautiful surroundings he calls home with his yellow lab, Chachi.

1. What biblical character (other than Jesus) would you want to meet, and why?

I would love to spend some time with John. The reason for this is because he lived a long life of faith from his time with Jesus through the beginning of the church age. I’m a big theology person, and I think John’s ideas are really essential to understanding who Christ is - who Jesus is. John speaks to that. I also like John because he gave us the most detail of what I call the “long night,” which is the night of the Lord’s Supper and betrayal. The disciple shift that was going on there shouldn’t be lost on us. You have the teaching of the Holy Spirit, the teaching of communion, and the teaching of suffering. Jesus’ last words to his disciples took place there. If you couldn’t tell, I’m a big fan of John.

2. Toilet paper, under or over?

Well, because we had seven kids, the toilet paper never quite made it onto the roll holder because it doubled as Kleenex or as a paper towel… lots of multi-purpose situations. So, it would be an odd occurrence to find toilet paper on the roll to begin with in our bathrooms.

3. Tell us your best, ministry horror story.

Well...It was more of a horror for everyone on the shore than it was for me. We were doing a baptism in the river and the person that I was baptizing was super excited… I had hurt my back earlier and was in a back brace. I was putting him down into the water when he literally jumped out of my arms like a salmon, disabled me, landed on me, and I went under! I eventually was able to get my footing and came back up, but I think it’s fair to say I once nearly drowned doing a baptism.

4. Tell us something that nobody knows about you.

I’m a big fan of dad humor because oftentimes there are puns and word play in it. That’s what really gets a chuckle out of me. So, I like to hear a good dad joke every day. My kids claim that I don’t have the gift of humor, because when I tell jokes, people don’t usually laugh.

5. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be and why?

That’s a really good question. I haven’t put much thought into that because I thoroughly enjoy where I am. I think maybe Africa or Southeast Asia? Both of those areas really intrigue me because they are so starkly different than what I’ve experienced in my life in this country. I think that if you’re going to go someplace different from what you’re used to, you want to broaden your thinking. You get to see the diversity of other places in the world - going someplace that is very much outside of the norm creates opportunities for adventure.

6. What has been an evangelistic tactic that has worked best for you?

Starting off, it would be listening and asking. Asking questions, engaging in conversations, and really listening provides a good space to learn about where the person’s perspective and mindset originates. Then I can meet them where they’re at, and over multiple conversations and opportunities bring them to the place where God wants them to be. I mean, I work with people that I have been meeting with for 10-plus years in gospel conversation. We need to recognize that there are multiple decisions that people make before they even get to the decision about salvation. People are so unchurched and come from very different world views than what we’re accustomed to. Up here, honor/shame is almost more prevalent than innocence/guilt… it’s all a mix. We have a large Native American population in our area of California. Honor/shame is way more influential in their world view, you know? You don’t dishonor the family. That is a family truth; a communal code. Whereas violating the law would be guilt/innocence. Don’t violate the standard that is outside of us. So, it’s a very internal standard, a very flexible standard. It’s not measured the same in every circumstance. It’s very complex. But The Gospel has that in it, and we can’t neglect that pathway, you know?

7. When you think through all the names of Christ, what name resonates with you right now and why?

Emmanuel has always resonated with me. I think it is a name that differentiates the God we serve from most other gods. Christ’s name in salvation.
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