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Derek Melleby

Director, College Transition Initiative, CPYU


Derek Melleby is the Director of CPYU's College Transition Initiative. This initiative will help college bound high school juniors and seniors, and their parents, succesfully make the transition from high school to college. Check out Derek's website.


Derek graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2000 with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Bloomsburg, Derek was the president of Athletes in Action, a sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduating, Derek was on staff at the Evangelical Free Church of Hershey through Coalition for Christian Outreach. As coordinator for young adult discipleship, Derek initiated a small groups program, spoke at many outreach events, and started bible studies on local college campuses.


In 2004, he completed a M.A. in Higher Education at Geneva College and took a new position with CCO as an area resource specialist. In this capacity, he developed curriculum and facilitated training events for campus staff in Eastern Pennsylvania.


Derek has also spoken on many college campuses about issues of faith and culture as well to church youth groups concerning transitional issues. He is the author of Make College Count: A Faithful Guide to Life and Learning (Baker Books, 2011) and co-author of The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness (Brazos Press, 2007). He lives in Mount Joy, PA with his wife Heidi and two sons.



Derek Melleby is available to give the following presentations:


  • The College Transition: Your Purpose, Your Faith, Your Community
  • Identity Matters: The Voice of Culture, The Truth of God
  • What to Expect When They're Accepted: What Parents Should Know about College Transition
  • Making the Most of College


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