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The Rt Revd David Thomson

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Bishop David Thomson

Born into a vicarage family in Sunderland, Dr Thomson grew up in Sheffield when the major employer was the steelworks. He met his wife Jean when they were both at school there and a teenage romance grew up which eventually led to their marriage.  They have four children. 

He then read English at Oxford where he completed his doctorate which examined how Latin was taught in the late Middle Ages. After graduating he taught at a college of education before coming to Cambridge to read Theology and train for the Christian ministry at Selwyn College and Westcott House.  

He has wide parish experience in both urban and rural areas. He was appointed Curate in the mining town of Maltby, Yorkshire, before joining the Banbury Team Ministry in Oxfordshire, where he was responsible for a huge area with new housing developments. A highlight was the planting of two new church communities, one a shared project bringing together Anglicans, Roman Catholics and Brethren. He then went on to serve as Rector in the gem market-town of Cockermouth in Cumbria. In 2002, he became Archdeacon of Carlisle and Cathedral Canon, and in 2008 was made Bishop of Huntingdon in the Diocese of Ely, and has just finished an 18-month secondment as Acting Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. He also has a wider role as Chair of the Schools Development Group of the National Society.

Bishop David has published a series of devotional books as well as continuing to study and write as a mediaevalist, in recognition of which he was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. His hobbies include exploring the countryside and its antiquities, gardening, looking at paintings, reading old detective stories and doing the crossword.

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Telephone: 01353 662137

The Right Revd David Thomson
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