The memorial service for Christian singer and adoption advocate Derek Loux takes place today in Kansas City, Missouri and can be viewed online from 2 to 4:30 pm Central Standard Time.
Derek Loux died the day before Christmas Eve after an SUV accident in Nebraska while on his way home from a ministry conference in Colorado, where he'd been getting lessons on human trafficking and rescuing children from the sex trade. He was 37 and the father to ten children, eight of them adopted.
The funeral will take place at the International House of Prayer-Kansas City Forerunner School of Ministry Building at 12444 Grandview Road. Viewing of the body will be 10 am to noon, and the service from 2 to 4:30 pm.
The service can be seen live at
Derek's brother and sister-in-law, John & Tracie Loux, are also misionaries at IHOP. They've posted this press release on their blogsite:
On Wednesday morning December 23, 2009, 37 year old Derek R. Loux, a husband, father, brother and son, went home to be with the Lord after a fatal car accident in Nebraska. Derek, a faithful servant of the Lord, was husband to Renee Loux for 17 years and father to 10 children, Telma (19, has severe scoliosis), Teyolla and Keyolla (18 year old twins), Leeann (15), Sophia (12), Michaela (9), Sana (8), Sasha (7), Ethan (6) and Silas (3). Eight of their children are adopted – six of their girls are from the Marshall Islands and 3 special needs boys, two with down syndrome and one with spina bifida are from Ukraine.
Derek was part of the senior leadership team of the International House of Prayer of Kansas City and served in many areas on the Missions Base including helping pioneer the Forerunner Music Academy. Derek was also a worship leader and a frequent conference speaker. As a professional musician, singer, and songwriter, Derek recorded several CDs including Paper Religion and Fragrant Burning. Before joining IHOP-KC, he served as the director of IHOP-Indianapolis for four years. Derek’s life passion was adopting and restoring orphans; he pioneered the vision of the Orphan Justice Center (OJC) —a haven of restoration for rescued orphans.
A memorial service for Derek will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2010 at the IHOP-KC Forerunner School of Ministry Building – 12444 Grandview Road, Grandview, Missouri. Service times are as follows: Viewing – 10 am to Noon, Memorial Service 2 pm to 4:30 pm. (if you are out of town, you can view the memorial service online at www.ihop.org at 2pm central)
Late in the evening on December 22nd, Derek Loux and Jonathan Oliver began their trip back to Kansas City from Colorado after attending a training seminar on how to help children out of the sex slave industry. As Jonathan and Derek were passing through Nebraska in a snowstorm they hit a patch of black ice causing their vehicle to spin out of control, flipping several times. Jonathan and a witness of the accident immediately performed CPR on Derek while waiting for the ambulance. After receiving CPR at the scene Derek finally had a pulse but as they were transporting him to a larger hospital his heart rate dropped and he passed away.
Derek and Renee’s firstborn son, Josiah, also a special needs child, passed away when he was 2½ yrs old. Josiah’s life and death opened up a whole new world to Derek and Renee’ and their love for children with special needs. Their dream and desire is to buy over 44 acres on Blue Ridge Rd to build a “house of mercy” for 30 children and staff and a therapy center for the current and future special needs children. Renee and her children plan to fulfill Derek and Renee’s dream to make sure that all their efforts to help children will continue on even in his death. For more detailed information about the Josiah project and how you can partner with them go to www.josiahfund.org.
If you would like to assist the family at this tragic time you can do so by forwarding your tax deductible financial gift to:
Checks made payable to: “SCCF” In check memo line write: “IHOP Benevolence Fund”
Mail checks to: IHOP-KC, 3535 E. Red Bridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137
Checks can also be brought to the IHOP-KC Business Office. 3535 E Red Bridge Rd. KCMO
For credit card donations, call: 816-763-00200 x2250
Tracie writes: "I still don’t have words to even express the magnitude of the loss our family has suffered. There is still that wishing and hoping that it was all just a dream."