India Bishop Joab Lohara organized the Bethany Free Methodist Church of Bangladesh with 27 churches and 23 pastors on October 31, 2014. Derek, the founder and overseer, was ordained. The nearly one-year affiliation process concluded with a three-day leadership seminar, an ordination service and covenant signing.
Derek and several friends and family began their church in Dhaka, the capital city. From this mother church their ministry began to grow. Primarily though church planting, using literature and the Jesus Film, 26 more churches were planted, 23 pastors were called and their work grew to 3,664 people.