Dermot was born in Limerick City and grew up in St. Mary’s Park (The Island). He is now married to Marie, and they have 3 beautiful children. Growing up, becoming a pastor was not even a thought in Dermot’s mind. Up to the age of 20 he would have considered himself a ‘traditional’ Catholic. He made his communion and confirmation just like everyone else, but never made his faith personal. Through a few key events in his life, he began to see the Jesus of the Bible in a new light and developed a passion to help people grow in their faith and understand the Bible.
Dermot attended Bible college and worked at a church in the U.S. for 5 years. Seeing a need in Limerick among many who had come from a similar background to his, Elevate Community Church became a reality in 2012. Dermot’s passion and desire is to create a safe place for people to ask questions about God and faith. His desire is that people would see that God makes a real difference in day-to-day life, a difference that brings purpose and meaning to a person's life.