The Reverend Canon Derek Smith
Derek Smith was born 5 days into the reign of Queen Eizabeth during 1952 in Wolverhampton, England, and avoids too much euphoria by inflicting on himself the results of its soccer team.
Experiencing a call to ordained ministry at the age of 11 he went through Grammar Schools and Cambridge University. He read history, then theology, before Westcott House theological college in the same city. More importantly he met and married Sue, who was studying for a Bachelor of Education.
Ordained deacon in 1976 at Salisbury Cathedral and priest the following year in Holy Trinity Weymouth, Derek served in a variety of town and country parishes in that diocese for 33 years. Particular emphases included ecumenical, hospital and schools ministry, training of clergy and readers and being a Rural Dean. Cross cultural ministry included SOMA (sharing of ministry abroad) missions with 3 dioceses in Nigeria and 1 in Kenya, an exchange with a parish in a California diocese and summer chaplaincies in France and Switzerland. Sue served in various educational posts and was a Primary School headteacher in Chippenham and Lyneham.
Derek was made an honorary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral in 2003 (this is an ancient means for the Church to recognize the onset of middle age). Derek and Sue were called to the Limassol Chaplaincy in 2009 serving St Barnabas, and now also the Church of St Lazarus in Pissouri.
Sue and Derek have two sons, Mark and Tom, who are both married; Mark with a daughter and two cats in London; Tom with a son and daughter, but no cats, in Bath. Sue and Derek made one of the most superfluous decisions in history by bringing a cat to Cyprus – she is, however, a rather superior Maine Coon cat who sees her role as training visitors from every background in appreciation.