The Reverend James Thomson has been appointed as Preist in Charge of St Peter’s Episcopal church in Fraserburgh.
His licensing ceremony took place on Monday June 6, attended by parishioners, other Episcopal clergy and representatives from other churches and civic organisations.
Mr Thomson was born and brought up in Fife. He was ordained in the Roman Catholic Church, where he ministered for 20 years before joining the Anglican Church and moving to the United States.
He continued ministry in the Episcopal Church in Oklahoma for another 20 years, retiring in 2005 and returning to Scotland, where he served as part-time minister in the East Neuk of Fife until April 2009.
The Episopal bishop of Aberdeen, the Right Reverend Robert Gillies, a good friend, then recently offered Jim (as he likes to be called) the part-time position in Fraserburgh.
Though new to the north-east, Jim already feels very much at home and describes his welcome as “unbelievably cordial”.
One of his highest priorities in ministry has always been to foster greater co-operation between the various Christian den9ominations, and he hopes to be able to contribute to this continuing to happen right here in the Broch and surrounding area.
His biggest challenge to date? “Without a doubt”, Jim says, “its negotiating the Hexagon as a pedestian. Reminds me of the Coliseum in Rome!”