Derry, who is originally from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, moved to Prince Rupert with his wife Hazel, in 2000, where he worked as a Chef at the Highliner Plaza. In June of 2011, Derry quit working at the Highliner and became the Designated Lay Minister of the First United Church of Prince Rupert. Derry completed his Master's Degree in Theology specializing in Indigenous Studies, from the Vancouver School of Theology, in May 2022. He was officially ordained in June 2023 and now has the title of Reverend Derry Bott.
Aside from his ministerial work, both Hazel and Derry volunteer at the Royal Canadian Legion hosting monthly Steak Dinners, Saturday Lunches, and conducting the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day. In addition to the Legion, Derry also volunteers with the Prince Rupert and District Hospice Society in organizing a Grief Support group for those that have experienced the loss of a loved one.
In his spare time, he enjoys philately (stamp collecting from the age of 11), weaving, hooking rugs, making dream catchers, and playing in the dirt (gardening)!
As for his aspirations for the church? He would love to see First United continue to be available and serve the community of Prince Rupert. He would also love for the church to become officially an affirming church.