Derek Mondeau



Contact: 804-282-4645 | email

Briefly describe your primary responsibilities at Third:

I am called to lead and oversee Third’s Parish model of ministry, to support and train lay leaders serving within the Parishes, and to provide vision and direction for discipleship and mission at Third. 

What is your favorite book(s)?

Worship Community and the Triune God of Grace (J.B. Torrance), Life Together (Bonhoffer), Lament For A Son (Nicholas Wolterstorff), Playing God (Crouch), Soul of Shame (Thompson), Next Evangelicalism (Rah), The Return of the Prodigal Son (Nouwen), Between the World and Me (Coates), Wolf Hall (Mantel), and Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Lin).

What is your favorite thing about Richmond?

Drink coffee at Brewer’s Cafe. Watch my kids get stomach sick at Sugar Shack. All the beards.

Tell us about your family:

My wife Sue and I have been married for 18 years. We have two sweet, strong boys. Fisher is 8 and Remi is 5. Sue was on staff with InterVarsity for 7 years, but has embraced her vocation as a mother, florist and interior decorator. For the last 14 years we lived in Charlottesville Virginia, working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Virginia. We moved to Richmond on December 28, 2017.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love being a Dad. I could spend days lost in Nerf battles, wrestling matches and conversations with my boys. I think there is nothing quite like watching a great film with great friends. I love deep conversations with deep people, preferably over food. At my core, I crave great stories. I don’t care if it is a movie, book, television show, graphic novel or video game. If it has a powerful story, I am there. I believe that people live and die for ideas. And the stories that shape us become the ideas we wrap our lives around. 

Why are you excited to be a part of Third Church?

God is doing so much at Third! I love that Parish Groups have the chance to be true outposts of Kingdom Life, foretastes of the new creation, scattered throughout Metro Richmond. Parish Groups are places for us to connect deeply with one another. But they are also places where together we extend God’s love and grace to our neighbors as we seek the shalom of the city.