Dr Thomson was educated at King Edward VII School, Sheffield; Keble College, Oxford (MA [English Lang. & Lit.], DPhil 1978); Selwyn College, Cambridge (BA [Theol.] 1980, MA 1984); and Westcott House, Cambridge.
He initially worked in Higher Education, lecturing at Wentworth Castle College of Education and tutoring in Oxford, before preparing for ordination in the Church of England as deacon, 1981, and priest, 1982. He served as Curate in the Maltby Team Ministry, 1981–84; Team Vicar, Banbury, 1984–94; Team Rector, Cockermouth, 1994–2002; Archdeacon of Carlisle, and Canon Residentiary, 2002–08, before taking up his present appointment. He has chaired the diocesan Board of Education and Council for Ministry and the Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council, and is now Vice Chair of the the Church of England’s work nationally (National Society & Board of Education). He is the co-founder of the Cambridge Conversations, a significant forum for building social capital in the Cambridgeshire area, and serves on the Huntingdonshire Strategic Partnership.
His publications include A Descriptive Catalogue of Middle English Grammatical Texts, 1979; An Edition of the Middle English Grammatical Texts, 1984; A Journey with John, 2004; Lent with Luke, 2005; Christmas by Candlelight, 2006; Ways to Pray, 2007 – and is currently writing a book on Roots – Shoots – Fruits as a model for the growing church. He remains active in academic research, most recently on the iconography of the Bewcastle Cross, Thomas Jolyffe (the fifteenth century founder of Shakespeare’s grammar school), some remarkable carved figures at Outwell Church, and the early stained glass of Cambridge University. In 2012 he was made a senior member of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and he is an active supporter of the Faraday Institute based there, with a keen interest in the interface of science and religion.
In 2013 Bishop David was invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury to become Acting Bishop for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich until a new Diocesan Bishop can be appointed. He remains in post as Bishop of Huntingdon but will be laying down most of his duties in the Diocese of Ely to concentrate on leading the church in Suffolk, where he hopes to help the people there to continue to grow in faith, deepen in discipleship, and share richly with the communities they serve. He and Jean will continue to live in Ely but will have use of a flat in the Bishop’s House in Ipswich too.
David’s recreations include solving fiendish crosswords, detective fiction, and fine art.
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