Derrick Zuk

Customer Care / Web Developer

With skillsets in the fields of both tech and art, Derrick is top-notch at customer service and technical solutions. Part-time Sundog, part-time seminary student, and full-time amazing! Read more of Derrick’s story below.

Derrick and his Family next to a Supercub
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

– 1 Peter 1:3–5

Part of the Sundog team since July, 2022 –  I am currently a student at The Master’s Seminary at Anchorage Grace Church. I developed many tech/web skills growing up as a missionary kid, so when I discovered Sundog, I jumped at the chance to use these skills alongside brothers & sisters in Christ. I am excited to serve the Alaskan community with Sundog as I pursue a life of ministry here with my family.

I was introduced to Alaska by volunteering at Kingdom Air Corps (located in Chickaloon) for the summer of 2017. After that experience, I believed the Lord was leading me to pursue long-term ministry in Alaska, particularly in the remote village of Anaktuvuk Pass. I was trained as a pilot through Kingdom Air Corps and served in the village for a few winter seasons with my wife. We then moved to Los Angeles to pursue further biblical education at The Master’s Seminary. When we were invited to consider transferring to their Anchorage extension site, after much prayer and consideration, we joyfully took the chance to move back to Alaska! We now live in the Sand Lake area of Anchorage.

I love being with my family: my wife and I have one 2-year old son and another son on the way. We enjoy exploring God’s creation, eating at home or on picnics, playing at the park or with Legos, and worshiping the Lord together. I love nature & wildlife photography, various sports, hiking/backpacking, and studying the Greek New Testament.

When I was a missionary kid in Russia, most of our lives were centered on computer screens for school and English-speaking fellowship. My dad was a computer specialist prior to serving on the mission field, so I probably inherited most of my tech skills from his influence. I also inherited a love for art from him, and applied it to graphic & web design where I could employ my tech/art skills together. I taught myself most of these skills, but benefited greatly from online courses and tutorials.

My greatest love, by grace, is my Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, my primary inspiration flows from studying His Word. My goal is to obey and please Him by faith, aligning my desires with His. Another avenue of spiritual inspiration comes from reading Christian biographies – my recent favorite is Iain Murray’s two-volume set on the life of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones published by Banner of Truth. I glean design inspiration from God’s beautiful creation, especially mountain scenery like we have in Alaska!