Darrel was born into the home of a gospel minister in 1972. He was born again at an early age and experienced much grace growing up in the context of gospel-believing local churches. In September of 1991 he married his high school sweetheart, Shari and over the years God has blessed them with four children and a granddaughter. Darrel served as an elder from 2003-2007 at Christ Church in Conroe, Tx. In October of 2007, God called them to move to Pearland, Texas, and join Sovereign Grace Church Pearland where he has served as an elder since 2009. In 2008, Darrel and his family moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland, to attend the Sovereign Grace Pastors College where he graduated in June of 2009.