Derek Loux
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 by Kansas City Star from Dec. 24 to Mar. 24, 2009.
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Was just playing Derek's "Running After You" and it still stirs my heart and ministers to deep places within. His earthly walk was short-lived but his impact continues on. I first heard him when I was a young missionary who was experiencing a lot of firsts but not in a good way: first disappointments; first weariness; first doubts...something in the beauty, rawness and spirit of his words and song helped me (and still continues to help me) seek God especially in seeming hard place. Thank you, Derek. Your ministry here continues and how grateful I am to God for that
September 11, 2020
Ill always remember the kind acts of Derek Loux. Amazed at his and Renees compassion for adoption and how that light lit the hearts of people to do the same. From the very first meeting him in Chicago Prayer Furnace, he influenced me to journey deeper in the Lord. He was a loving free-will offering to the service of God and man.
Peace to the family, Dereks legacy!
JoAnna Wilson
March 6, 2020
I can't believe it's about ten years.
Brian Goodwin
April 28, 2018
This is long after Derek passed, but I wish I could have known him. I believe we shared more than just a first name. I still remember hearing Sovereign God for the first time in 2002(?) from my college campus in Bowling Green, OH. I couldn't stop crying and still can't listen to it without having a powerful encounter with God. I now live in Kansas City and am stumbling across his beautiful artwork again. I can't wait to meet him in the Kingdom come. Bless you all.
Derek Clair
September 30, 2017
Valenda Newell
June 6, 2017
His music touches my soul to this day. Godly person.
Erik Scroggins
February 22, 2015
Never met Derek - but I will see him one day and then I will thank him for the song, "You'll Be Home Tonight"...I just listened to it for the first time - loved it, researched it, and sadly found this. I am inspired by the Loux family and pray for each of you. Much love & God bless.
Justin Johnson
July 27, 2013
--we continue holding you close to our hearts and in our prayers...

Karen Karns Knepp & Family
Karing Hearts Prayer Ministry
Amarillo, TX
Karen Knepp
December 4, 2011
I know it has been a while since Derek Loux went to heaven, but I wanted to let his family know how much his music still ministers to the hearts and minds of believers and nonbelievers alike. "Dance with Me" has led me to the depths of intimacy with Jesus and comforted my sorrow-filled heart, as well as given me joy and romance. Thank you Derek. And prayers and God's blessings to his family.
Barb S
June 12, 2011
I met Derek only once. I had just heard that an injured friend had chosen death over disability. He was on a break and saw me crying. He spoke comforting words to me and began playing and praising God. He was my hero as he wrapped me in Jesus embrace.
Berta Dickerson
March 9, 2011
We knew Derek as a young boy, when his Dad was pastor of our church in Ellery Cednter, NY. He always loved music, and showed his gift of music early on.Our kids played with Derek and his brother John, and his sister Heather.We were so saddened to hear of his early homegoing! May the Lord hold you all in the palm of His hand, and comfort you, as only He can!
Ray & Diane Anderson
February 5, 2010
Dear Loux family,
I have been praying for you since I heard of Derek's going home to be with the Lord. Your ministry is so needed in the Earth! I teach special needs children from preschool through high school and know that the love of Christ needs to be poured out upon and through these "little ones." May the Lord continue to uplift you in the difficult days ahead, and sing over you as you continue your work. I will continue to keep you in my prayers and spread your message! God bless you!
Shelly Cone
January 9, 2010
I learned of Derek's passing just yesterday and I am so saddened. I only met him one time but he seemed to be filled with love, and humor and music. His demeanor and blond hair had groove! Derek's commitment in helping young children from around the world was touching. Peace to your hearts!

Linda Tilton
First Steps Service Coordinator
Independence, Missouri
January 7, 2010
We all were touched by the love that Derek had for the Lord when he came to the Prayer Furnace in Chicago. His actions were fruit of that relationship and his songs were filled with revelation of relationship with God. Thank you for your part in our lives, and we sincerely extend our deepest regards to all your family in this time of sorrow.
Nora Obrecht
January 5, 2010
Who can understand the mind of God? What an amazing person Derek was. I met him for the first time at the WOW conference in Boston. I thought I new how to worship but he was an inspiration. May the Lord give you the peace that pass all understanding to guard your heart and mind in Jesus name Amen.
Anna Pouchet
January 5, 2010
Our prayers are with you.
Delaine Shields
January 4, 2010
Our hearts go out to the Loux family. I remember experiencing such a purity of the love of God as Derek ministered to us at the Prayer Furnace in Chicago a few years back. It is something that I have carried with me for the last few years as a strong memory. God will be with you and carry you through the days ahead. John 12:24
January 3, 2010
So shocked by the news of my beloved friend. We will not stop praying for you Renee and family. We love you and will do everything that we can to help. Derek touched all of our hearts when we met you both at Ihop. Wished we could have been with you today at Memorial service.
Deepest condolences From Oasis of Hope Church Limon, CO
Pastor Bill, Linda, Elisha & Nathan Wisener
Bill Wisener
January 2, 2010
Renee and family, I was deeply grieved to hear of Derek's passing. I know he is seated with Christ at the right hand of the Father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children as well as Derek's mother and father.
In His Grace,
Skip S. Beyer
Lotus Group
Fishers, IN
Skip Beyer
January 2, 2010
Looking forward to the day when we shall see you again, Derek... no more tears, no more sorrow... beholding the One who loves us most.

Our prayers are with you Renee and family.

With Kindest Regards,
Nora Brown
January 2, 2010
OH MY GOODNESS!! I can't believe Derek is gone!! I havn't seen the Loux family since I was 7 and he was the Prasie and Worship leader at Christian Life Churh in Phenix City, Alabama. My heart goes out to the Loux family! I remember when Derek and Renee had Josiah in the church... Him and Renee would come in the children's church and sing to us, I remember the song he taought us!! "Jesus is the rock and he blows our blues away boba shoebop ba shoebop a woo" May God's peace and love fall upon Renee and the children!!
Jackie Livingston
January 1, 2010
OH MY GOODNESS!! I just can't believe Derek is gone!! I haven't seen the Loux family since I was about 7 and Derek was the Praise and Worship leader at Christian Life Church down in Phenix City, Ala... My heart goes out to the Loux family... I was just singing the song he came in and sang to us!! I remember the song he taught us!! "Jesus is the rock and he blows our blues away boba shoebop a woo" May God's peace and love fall upon the Loux family!!
Jackie Livingston
January 1, 2010
From your friends and loved ones in Indy, we send our deepest condolences to you, Renee and to all of Derek's friends and family. We give thanks for his years of dedicated service in music & ministry and especially for the love and talent that he shared with so many. While we will miss his ability to bless so many lives in numerous ways, we celebrate that today he basks in the glory of the Almighty, reaping his just reward! Blessings to you all always,

Stan Clark, Old Bethel UMC & MTC
Indianapolis, IN
Stan Clark
January 1, 2010
To the Loux Family,
I remember Derek well from our times at LDM in 1990-91, and remember what a beautiful wedding he and Renee had in 1992. Derek challenged me to 'step it up' for Jesus like few others I know. I love each of you and am praying for the Holy Spirit to comfort you and guide you during this time.
Tim Thomas
December 31, 2009
Loux Family

My husband and I had the pleasure of hearing Derek and Rene lead praise and worship during the WOW conference in Boston this year. Our hearts hurt when we heard the news of Derek's tragic passing. We know that he now has joined the heavenly host singing praises our King. Our prayers go out to the Loux family.
Virginia Vega
December 31, 2009
December 30, 2009
To the Loux Family
I met Derek at the last WOW convention in Boston. He truly was an inspiration to all. He shared about his love for GOD, HIS WIFE, HIS CHILDREN & HIS FAMILY. He was blessed to be able to communicate that in his music, his ability to pray for others and share the Word of God. I feel grief, but then I listen to PAPER RELIGION and I get it. Thank you for being the Christian family that you are. God Bless You. The Joshia Fund has a heavenly purpose. Go forth in honor of Derek and Joshia. I pray the Holy Spirit will bring you peace and comfort.
Lori Banchero
December 30, 2009
To the Loux family - My thoughts and prayers are with you daily as you move through this time of loss. Our only hope is in a God and Father who's love and peace are greater and deeper than any one of us knows or understands. I pray that you will all continue in the vision that Derek believed in and carried out in his every step. I pray that you will remain strong and be sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit who is our comforter in times of need. Thank you for allowing your lives to impact a world far and wide.
Judy Hackworth
December 30, 2009
To the Loux family, in this time of grieving & sadness in the loss of Derek, I am moved to try to realize all the lives that have been positively impacted by his and your family's visions. I hope and pray that what has been started, by your family's vision, will continue to grow and flourish in God's timing. I also pray for all of us to accept God's timing.
Melissa Maxwell
December 29, 2009
Dearest Loux Family,

I am filled with so many mixed emotions as I am sure you are. On the one hand we are saddened at the loss of Derek in the here and now, on the other we can be confident in the assurance that he is in glory with Jesus. I was one of Derek's roomates at Last Days and I remember so many deep conversations with him about faith and Jesus, he was so mature and so bold for such a young guy. In fact I'm sure he and Keith Green are probably sitting side by side at a piano right now singing a song for Jesus.

My prayers are with you at this difficult time, may God bless and comfort you.
John Zeitler
December 29, 2009
"Derek made such an impact in my life, with his message, and walk with God. The fervent words he spoke continually strengthen me. Thank you."
Nancy Rodriguez
December 29, 2009
To the Loux family:
I knew Derek many years ago when he and Heather were a part of the band. He was an incredible songwriter and loved the Lord and always wanted to serve Him. May you find comfort in knowing that he is with the Lord and that same Lord will comfort and sustain you in the future.
-Lois Veenstra, Zeeland, MI (formerly from Nashville, TN)
December 29, 2009
My heart breaks for the Loux family. All are in my prayers. Derek ministered and blessed the Cincinnati House of Prayer many times in the past few years. What a blessing he was to all of us. We had the pleasure of meeting Renee and a few of his many children. His heart for children stirred me every time he spoke. He has left an incredible legacy in his music and his family.
Lisa Gillispie
December 28, 2009
Dear Renee, Flo and children. Our prayers are with you because of the loss of Derek. Our church is also lifting the family up in prayer. We will continue to pray for you for the coming week. God bless all of you. Jim and Karlene Boykin, Beaumont, Texas.
James Boykin
December 28, 2009
Praying for you all. We loved working with you briefly when Alyse was in FMA. Please know you are in our thoughts. God bless.
Gil & Debbie Hiltbrunner
December 28, 2009
Dear Renee and Flo,
We were so saddened to hear about Derek. You guys were such a blessing to our little church (Gate) in Columbus. We met Derek right before you got married - my how time flies! We have thought of you so often through the years. We love you and are praying for you.
James and Laura Henderson
December 28, 2009
Beloved Renee, Flo and family,

We are holding you close to our hearts and praying/loving/longing/grieving with you. Right before Derek's tragic entrance to glory, one of his songs was stuck in my head for days about "all my life I've waited." Fragrant Burning remains my favorite worship album of all time.
You are not alone.
full hearted love,
Fawn Parish
December 27, 2009
John,Mimi,Renee,and children,

Please know that you are in our prayers.

Rob and Karen DiQuattro
December 27, 2009
Dearest Loux Family,
You don't know me, however I wanted to let you know how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I had the fortunate opportunity to "meet" you all on the Southwest Airlines flight to Los Angeles in November. I was seated just a couple of rows behind your beautiful family and was deeply touched by the great and powerful love you all have for one another. Even though I never officially met any of you, I knew I was witnessing God at work while quietly watching you all interact. The love and patience that you all shared through loving warm smiles, patience and hugs is something I will never forget. Thank you for making an impact on my life. I know Derek is with our Heavenly Father watching over all of you. GOD Bless you all.
Julie Kelly
December 27, 2009
Dear Renee, Flo and Family, My heart breaks for you and your loss. I love each of you and will continue praying for God's grace to cover you. Much love, Barb Woytek (Colorado Springs, CO)
December 27, 2009
The first of November, remember sitting next to Derek as he held Ethan, at IHOP in Ks City. He was enjoying the worship, tapping his foot. Ethan, his son was so loved, happy as Derek held him.
Dawn israel
December 27, 2009
Derek will be greatly missed. I first saw him in my hometown in Cincinnati at the House of Prayer there when he was still a part of the Indiannapolis House of Prayer. What a blessing he and his family were to us then! And again when he and his minstry team came back a couple years ago and my husband and I got prophetic prayer from one of his sweet daughters from the Marshall Islands. We now live here in KC. I was so, so sad on Christmas Eve when I saw on the news about his death. My heart goes out to his wife and family--you are all a blessing to the IHOP community--know that you are deeply loved and in our prayers
Kim Richardson
December 27, 2009
I am truly sorry for your loss and will pray that you, your mom and the children find peace that Derek is with God. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
December 27, 2009
Derek was a true living example of the heart of God. His passion for Jesus and his Family was like none other. His passion for adoption will forever live in the hearts of those who knew him and he will never be forgotten. I pray for Peace, Hope, and Love for the Loux Family.
Ray Richardson
December 27, 2009
Loux family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have followed your blog, and enjoyed reading your thoughts about your family and adoption. I hope to adopt soon, and your testimony has been such an inspiration to me. The Lord bless you and keep you.
Marisa Miller
December 27, 2009
Father in Heaven,thank You for Derek,for all You've done in Poland with Him.
December 27, 2009
I can hardly believe it. I have a cd of Derek's and was so blessed by his ministry at IHOP conference in Fort Wayne a few years ago. Our prayers are with you Renee and family.

Linda, Tulsa, Ok
December 27, 2009
It is so hard to explain the impact of Dereks life. He left such deep imprint on our lives personally. But then today I was moved by the amount of individuals that came and expressed their sorrow and tears - Derek you touched us to deeply with your passion and unrelenting vision to live the heart of Jesus on the earth. Our family and our extended spiritual family will never be the same. We continue to pray for you Renee and the family. Our words seem so frail and small compared to the mountain of the unexplainable. May you find grace to meet you in your time of need. We love you so much - Ben and Denise Bouwers Family and the extended IHOP fort wayne family. (Fort Wayne, IN)
Ben and Denise Bouwers
December 27, 2009
Telma, Teyolla, and Keyolla, We are so sorry. We love you and are praying for you. May you continue the legacy your father left, to care for the orphans. Never let the torch he passed to you burn out. Amen.

The Bowen family, Grandview, Mo.
December 27, 2009
I am truly saddened by this tragic news. I met Derek and some of his precious children while at IHOP with my teen daughter attending ATC. We bought Paper Religion and love it, now it will be even more precious. In such a short life he impacted many.

Precious family your loss is great, may God's love and mercy be even greater comfort at this time.

Shirley L Miranda (Panama)
December 26, 2009
Derek, the thought of you not being here is so hard to grasp...why God would take you at the height of your ministry to serve orphans with special needs, including those you have already brought into your family, He may never answer...but I pray you have been reunited with your sweet Josiah, and that you know how much you are already missed. You will always be young and handsome in our hearts and minds! We love you and will care for your family in your absence. God has clearly called you to even BIGGER things! With love from your friends and "family" at the Reece's Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry,
Andrea Roberts
December 26, 2009
Me and my best friend had the privilege to attend 2 seminars and 2 music concerts by Derek. One this year and the other last year. We were both really touched and blessed by him and his teaching. I pray for a peace that surpases all understanding to cover his family today. I'm very sorry about your loss. Derek was a blessing to all.
Caraughlyn Combs
December 26, 2009
My heart goes out to Renee and the family. Oh, the ache of it all!!

When you cry, we cry....

May the comfort of the Holy Spirit consume ALL of you during this time of suffering and sorrow.
December 26, 2009
I pray for the arms of Jesus to be wrapped around the Loux family tonight and always. No words can express the pain and confusion that this must cause. Derek was such a blessing, and has impacted the lives of so many. Thank you Father God, for the vision that You placed inside of Derek & Renee, may the legacy and passion of that vision be carried on through all the earth. Holy Spirit, fill the Loux family with Your supernatural peace and grace.
Elisha Seaton
December 26, 2009
Derek had such a great sense of humor. The last time I heard him teach at FSM I was so inspired by his love for family and the importance of being a Mother/Father to all children and young adults who are so desperate for love right now. Thanks Derek and Renee for your example of true Godly love.
Laurie Howerton, Grandview, Missouri
December 25, 2009
Derek was a true Christian example to the young people at IHOP and to everyone he met. He went out of his way and prayed for me the last week of the outpourings at IHOP. I remember his words were kind and encouraging. His big smile and and sweet spirit was so joyful and child like. His attitude of happiness radiated the love of God. Thank you God for the time he was here and the lives he influenced. God bless his sweet wife and family and give them Your grace to endure this great loss.
paula swenson
December 25, 2009
yea i love derek and miss him greatly
Adam Scurry
December 25, 2009
To Derek's Family, Words cannot express the grief you must feel, I can only pray for God's overwhelming grace to flood upon your souls. I pray that in time your faith may only increase, that your trust in Derek's Jesus will sustain you till we all are gathered together to be with him again.
Rex Phillips
December 25, 2009
I am at a lost of words, still stunned about the news. I've only seen you a couple of times at The Rock of Roseville, but I still remember your Father's heart towards your family; with such love and tenderness. May God bring comfort to your beautiful wife and family. May your music and ministry continue to touch lives around the world. Forever in Him,
December 25, 2009
I never knew Derek, or his ministry & music until now. My heart & prayers go out to his family through this very difficult time. We may not personally know all Gods children living in this earthly world, but we know of them and are touched by their spirit of Christ which brings us to a perfect perspective of all things closer when you know of "Him" and His children who are a central part of you through Christ. Derek was truly true to "His" calling. May Derek's family experience God's continued comforting peace.
NW Family
December 25, 2009
It was Derek's Adoption Message given at TheCall Cincinnatti in January '07 that broke our hearts for orphans and provoked us toward adoption. This Christmas we have a sweet 5 month old son added to our family because of Derek! The Loux family will be part of our family history forever and ever - AMEN!!
Craig and Linda
December 25, 2009
Dearest Renee, children and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Derek's passing, I have been praying for you all, and hope you know what a wonderful legacy Derek has left with the people who knew him and even didn't know him. I love you. Amy Kearsing
Amy Kearsing
December 25, 2009
Our prayers and blessings are with his wife and children on these moments of sorrow and loss. Derek's life and ministry helped us all. May God of Love and Peace transforme through Derek's legacy the hearts and lives of all who knew him, amen.
Hevel and Luba
December 25, 2009
We have heard Derek preach and listened to his worship sets in the IHOP Prayer Room via the webstream and would give thanks to God for such an impressionable young man. We mourn with those who mourn and our prayers are with the family.
Eugene and Shirley
December 25, 2009
God Bless you and your family going through this loss. My prayers are with you, and I know that the Lord and his angels will help heal your sorrow.
December 25, 2009
Derek and Renae's lives have certainly toughed ours. Knowing Derek from his early teen's and seeing him pop back into our lives, now with a wife and children, many adopted; we've heard his encouragement to adopt and are pursing a sibling group of 3 to 5. He and His family have a great impact on ours.
Ray Hines
December 25, 2009
Derek's preaching always brought me closer to the Lord. He will be greatly missed.
Shannon Springer
December 25, 2009
Derek I never met you but I have seen your family around IHOP frequently. Your life is an inspiration to all who follow Christ and desire to lead a purpose filled life. The way you led by example by bringing orphans into your home and literally living Jesus has inspired me to do the same! May God bless and keep your family.
Brad S.
December 24, 2009
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