John Thomson studied at York University and then trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He served his curacy at Ecclesall, in the Diocese of Sheffield from 1985 to 1989.
From 1989 to 1992 he went to South Africa to be a Tutor at Saint Paul’s College, Grahamstown and from 1990 to 1992 was also an Assistant Priest at St Bartholomew, Grahamstown and from 1991-1992 an Assistant Lecturer at Rhodes University. From 1993 to 2001 he was Vicar of St Mary Doncaster, in the Diocese of Sheffield and did his PhD at Nottingham University. In 2001 he was appointed as Director of Ministry in the Diocese of Sheffield and an Honorary Canon of Sheffield Cathedral.
John was consecrated as Bishop of Selby in July 2014, and as part of his ministry, is the Diocese's ambassador for Rural Life and Faith .
John was brought up in Uganda, is married to Susan and they have two adult children. His interests include cycling, choral singing, cooking and gardening. His published work explores the calling of the Church today in conversation with the Theological Ethicist, Stanley Hauerwas.