Our Team

Derek Evatt & Billy Merkovsky are both teaching elders at Visio Dei. Derek is a builder and Billy works as an architect in the communityTogether they have fostered a vision to start a community driven church in the heart of Indian Land, SC. With so many families being established and beginning in this area, there is a demand not only for sports, schools, shopping, & recreation, but also churches that center families around Gospel Life.

We believe that biblical truth should not only be clear, but should be vivid. When the Gospel of Jesus is central rather than our church then our hearts can be captured by knowledge of the truth.

Visio Dei is a nondenomination community church led by a board of elders.


Derek, his wife Angie, and their four children moved to the Charlotte area from Virginia in 2006 desiring to help plant churches. Derek has experienced the joy of  being involved in foreign missions in Haiti (Lovethatbuilds.com) and helping with new church start ups.  Derek served in churches as a Minister of Education and as a Senior Pastor before planting a church in Virginia.


Billy Merkovsky with his wife Sarah and their 4 kids moved to Charlotte, NC from Rochester, NY to plant a church in September of 2013. Billy has been in ministry for the last 15 years at different churches serving on staff, in youth ministries, family discipleship & teaching roles assisting with larger fellowships and small startup churches alike.