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. Between September 2013 and Easter 2015 he was seconded as Acting Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. He chairs the Schools Development Group for the Church of England’s work nationally. He was the co-founder of the Cambridge Conversations, a significant forum for building social capital in the Cambridgeshire area, and has served 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.
David’s recreations include solving fiendish crosswords, detective fiction, and fine art.
David can be contacted at 14 Lynn Road, Ely, Cambs, CB6 1DA