Derek Loux’s ministry was built on the foundation that there was always room at the family table for another child.
In recent years, Loux and his wife, Renee, adopted a household of children that included five girls from the Marshall Islands and three boys with special needs from Ukraine. The Grandview couple already had two daughters.
On Wednesday, Loux was on his way back from Colorado when he lost control of his SUV on an icy highway in Nebraska and crashed.
Loux, a 37-year-old Christian singer, was rushed to a hospital but later died from his injuries.
Family and friends remembered Loux on Thursday as an accomplished singer and songwriter who loved his family. He helped lead the International House of Prayer music ministry and an effort that promoted adoption.
“Derek’s dream was bigger than Derek,” said Randy Bohlender, a friend and family spokesman. “We can celebrate him by pursuing those things that were important to Derek by seeking justice that springs out in a life of prayer.”
Bohlender said Loux’s family was too distraught to speak publicly.
A family blog said Loux was coming back from a training session in how to minister to victims of human trafficking when his car hit a patch of black ice near Cozad, Neb., and slid off Interstate 80.
Loux and his wife moved to Kansas City several years ago and help IHOP launched its music ministry, the Forerunner Music Academy. Before joining IHOP in Kansas City, Loux was the director of an IHOP ministry in Indianapolis.
In 2007, he released an album called “Paper Religion.”
Loux was raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, he joined the Last Days Ministries in Texas. Part of his training included an internship in the Marshall Islands, where he met his wife.
The couple married in 1992. Two years later, their first child, Josiah, was born with severe spina bifida. Josiah died two years later.
To honor his memory, the couple created the Josiah Fund with a mission of rescuing, adopting and restoring needy and neglected children. The couple was raising money to purchase property for a group home and adopt more children.
They also sought to inspire other couples to adopt children, particularly those with special needs, Bohlender said.
In recently years, about 20 IHOP families have adopted 60 children from throughout the United States and from other countries.
“He had a way of encouraging you to dream big,” Bohlender said. “Derek inspired us in our own adoption journey, but not just to do it out of a sense of guilt, but out of a sense of enjoyment, to lay aside your own convenience for the sake of others.”
Published in Kansas City Star from Dec. 24 to Mar. 24, 2009.