In the latest of our profiles we meet Glyn Thomson from St Luke West Derby.
Glyn Thomson was one of ten people ordained by Bishop James Jones at Liverpool Cathedral, in his last set of ordinations before he retires as Bishop of Liverpool.
Although now based at a parish in Liverpool, Glyn’s ordination process involved two dioceses – Liverpool and Rochester. As he was working in Kent but his home was in Liverpool, Glyn was first licensed as a Reader (which meant he could teach and preach in church) and then went forward for ordination in the Diocese of Rochester, but his training was in Liverpool. Now retired from his job as CEO of Gravesham Borough Council, Kent, Glyn is looking forward to focussing on the community of St Luke’s, which he has actually had a link with for the last nine years.
Glyn said: “I was home in Liverpool one weekend in 2004, and I had seen St Luke’s and felt an urge to go there one Sunday morning and I really liked it. I went on one other occasion and afterwards I went home and said to my wife Bryony that I thought it was the church that God wanted us to go to once I retired.
“I went to a meeting in 2011 to look at training churches in Liverpool and was stunned when I was asked if I had heard of St Luke’s West Derby – and of course I had! My wife and I met Andrew Stott, the vicar, and we allowed a few days for prayer. We all concluded that God wanted us there as a couple and we didn’t need to look at any other churches.”
Glyn used his training placement and experience in leadership to help St Luke’s think about its mission strategy at an away day, and he also helped them to develop a children’s charter. “I am very passionate that children should always be involved in church. As a grandparent and school governor I know that faith can be nurtured from a young age. Engaging children also means engaging the parents, often with a wonderful outcome for the whole family.”
Glyn says he is also looking forward to working closely with the churches of St. Jude's in Stockbridge Village, St. George's in Huyton and St Mary's Knowsley Village, all of whom have a close relationship with St Luke’s. Glyn said: “I just can’t wait to get started. I am particularly inspired by 1 John 3:18 ‘let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.’ I am involved in six Sunday services throughout July and August and I will also be presiding at my first baptism so I am hitting the ground running! I want to thank everyone at St Luke’s for their support and faith in me, and I look forward to working together with them as we move forward as a community.”