The Photo shows our Minister and his Wife with 2 of their 3 sons on the Great Wall of China, where they were visiting Philip when he worked there in 2014. Philip is now completing a Masters degree in Chinese Studies in Glasgow University; Jonathan, a Software Developer, is currently on a year out backpacking around South America and Lewis is a Biologist, researching for a PhD in the Genetics Department of Cambridge University.
Martin Thomson was raised in Swinton on the east of Glasgow. He professed faith on his 16th birthday in Bargeddie Parish Church but left home for University in St Andrews at the age of 17. After leaving St Andrews with a degree in Pure Mathematics, he trained to be a teacher in Edinburgh before becoming a Mathematics teacher in Glasgow. Martin was ordained to the eldership in Bargeddie. Having met Lorna in St Andrews, marriage took place in1983. As a call to the ministry grew under the teaching ministry of Alistair Malcolm in Bargeddie, Martin applied for and was accepted for the ministry of the Church of Scotland and studied in the University of Glasgow 1984-87. After serving as an assistant to Martin Allen in Chryston, Martin was called to Kirkcowan & Wigtown in May 1988, where he ministered until being called to Dalry Trinity on 10th November 2004. Lorna currently works as a Financial Administrator in Southbeach Care Home, and their three sons Philip, Jonathan and Lewis have all now left home.