Bishop of Huntingdon

The Rt Revd Dr David Thomson

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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. Their teenage romance eventually led to marriage. They have four children.

Bishop David read English at Oxford and completed his doctorate there, examining 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.

Experienced 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. He was also Acting Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 2013-15. He has a national role as Chair of the Schools Development Group for the Church of England.

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.

The latest from Bishop David's Blog

Ordered Universe at Cambridge e-luminate – Spiritus: Light and Dark

February 12th

Originally posted on Ordered Universe: An absolutely fantastic day in Cambridge on February 10th, with the launch of the e-luminate festival. Ordered Universe team members, Giles Gasper, Tom McLeish, Richard Bower, Hannah Smithson and Sebastian Falk prese…

SPIRITUS Light and Darkness – projection at Cambridge e-Luminate 2017

February 11th

Just a taste of Ross Ashton and Karen Monid’s great projection SPIRITUS – Light and Darkness onto the Senate House as part of the Cambridge e-Luminate Festival 2017. The show is based on the work of Robert Grosseteste who was an English states…

City of Sanctuary founder to visit Cambridge

February 10th

Tuesday 28th Feb at 7.30 – 9.00 p.m. in the Jane Harrison Room at Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue. (There is wheelchair access, gender neutral toilets, and an accessible toilet, but unfortunately there will not be a BSL translator or hearing loop).…