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Frederick (Derick) J Bingham, BA 1968 (died on March 6 2010 aged 63)

(An appreciation of the life of Derick Bingham by William Crawley can be found here).

From Newcastle in Co Down, the former English teacher at Lurgan College was a well respected pastor, a regular columnist in the Belfast Telegraph and a frequent contributor to the BBC Thought for the Day slot.

Derick Bingham graduated from Queen’s in 1968. During his lifetime he published 23 books, including several on the works of CS Lewis among them the 2004 biography A Shiver of Wonder. A long-time admirer of Lewis, Derick was instrumental in the creation of C S Lewis Room in the new McClay Library at Queen’s.

Mr Bingham also had a great regard for the writings and work of St Patrick and published a short book on Ireland's patron saint. He also wrote a biography (The Wild-Bird Child) of Amy Carmichael from Millisle, Co Down, who became a Christian missionary in India.
Derick was a speaker at Keswick Convention in England, conducted public Bible classes in Scotland and Northern Ireland, broadcast weekly programmes for TransWorld Radio and travelled internationally teaching and preaching.  He was a teaching pastor at the CS Lewis Foundation based in Redlands, California and Adjunct Professor of English Literature at John Brown University (a private Christian university) in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Mr Bingham was a pastor at the Crescent Church in south Belfast, and, for upwards of 20 years during the Troubles, ran a Tuesday night service attended mostly by students from Queen's and neighbouring colleges.

Derick is survived by his wife Margaret and daughters Kerrie, Claire and Kathryn.


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