Derek the Cleric
Some have said that this affable clergyman is my alter ego but that is an accusation I will vehemently deny.
That said, I will confess to the charge of him being a shameless vehicle for my very British sense of humour.
The Derek the Cleric story
Derek the Cleric began life in the 1990s as the back page cartoon for the Christian Herald newspaper. After the publication's demise there remained a very large archive of material that seemed too good to waste.
In March 2010 I launched Derek the Cleric's very own blog in which
I brought to life not only Derek's world but that of his church; St Cliff's.
I very soon added Facebook and Twitter to Derek's media outlets and so his audience grew.
The blog not only features Derek's regular ramblings but also various other elements such as 'Notes to Self', 'St Cliff's Weekly News Sheet Highlights' and not forgetting his popular 'Photos'.
With a growing backlog of material a book beckoned and within thirteen months CWR came on board to publish 'A Year at St Cliff's'.
Since then the Derek the Cleric brand has steadily grown helped by the introduction of his very own web site.
Derek now even boasts his very own merchandise range, courtesy of
Kevin Mayhew Ltd and Christian Stuff Four Ewe. Is there no stopping him?
For a season Derek also appeared as a guest columnist at Christian.co.uk answering conundrums under the guise of his 'Ask Derek' column.
At the beginning of 2013 Derek even had the claim to fame of having one of his cartoons going viral on Facebook with over 1,000 shares!
Well for one thing Derek is soon to make an appearance in a new book called 'Does God LOL?' alongside many famous comedians - so watch this space!
To find out more about the man himself why not pay a visit to his website...
In Derek's immortal words...onward and upward!
One of the many great features on the site is an animation short by Taylormation which gives a
light-hearted glimpse inside the hallowed precincts of St Cliff's itself.