A Reader in Training

January 13, 2019

Over the next few week we'll be welcoming a new face at St Stephens. Iain Thomson is currently studying for the Reader Ministry and as part of his training he will be joining us on placement for a few months. I'm sure everyone will make him very welcome.


To help us get to know him Iain tells us a little about himself.


I was born in Berlin in 1973, but brought up in Scottish borders,  where  I went to school.


After several years working with adults with autism and challenging behaviour  in 2000 I started my training to become a mental health nurse.   I moved to Blackpool in 2003 and have lived reasonably locally for the last 18 years working in mental health services.  


My current role is working in accident and emergency as a mental health nurse specialist providing assessments and advice in Blackpool Victoria hospital.

I have been a Christian since the age of 15, I grew up in a home with parents who were non Christian.  In my mid 20’s I would say I fell out with God and my local church.  I then went off and did my own thing.  


After experiencing some personal tragedy 5 years ago I found myself questioning things and re engaging with my faith and with God, the catalyst in turning back to God was about 3 and a ½ years ago when I was asked to be a God parent to my young cousins children.  I felt the promises I made before GOD were very important to me.  


At the same I moved house and moved next to St Anne Greenlands.  I started to go to church there and I have since been confirmed and become very involved in the witness and ministry there.  I have commenced the readers course  which has been enjoyable and a real challenge.  

I am looking forward to working and sharing in the ministry  with you over the next few months and learning from you all.


God Bless 


Iain Thomson 

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