In the late 1970's, after a divine encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, which was brought about largely through the power of Bro. Furbert's praying wife, he accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour.
Sensing the call of the Lord to become equipped for wider service, Bro. Furbert, together with his wife and children went off to West Indies College in 1981 to pursue higher education. Transferring to Atlantic Union College three years later, Bro. Furbert graduated from AUC in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration. In 1988 he graduated with a Masters degree in Business Administration from Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts.
In 1995 he was called to serve as manager of the Adventist Book Center. During his tenure, the Bermuda ABC achieved highest annual per capita book sales in the North American Division on two occasions and second highest on one occasion. A computerized point-of-sale system was installed and gross sales by the ABC exceeded one million dollars for the first time in their history.
In November 1999 Bro. Furbert was called to serve as Treasurer of the Bermuda Conference. In January of 2001 he was asked by the Executive Committee of the Conference to assume additional responsibilities as Secretary/Treasurer of the Conference, and during the triennial session held on September 9, 2001, he was elected to serve as Treasurer of the Conference.
Derek Furbert is married to the former Joann Bean and have three adult children and three grandchildren.