The Rt Rev Kevin Pearson, Bishop of the United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev Keith Thomasson as Rector of St Ninian’s Episcopal Church Troon.
Details of his Institution service will be circulated when finalized and we know more about what will be permissible for organizing a celebration to mark the start of this new ministry.
Keith is delighted to be invited to become the new Rector of St Ninian’s, Troon. Originally a teacher, Keith trained for ordained ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Geneva. It was in Switzerland that he met his future wife, Anna-Claar, who was preparing for ministry with the Remonstrant Church in the Netherlands.
Keith was ordained in Blackburn Cathedral in 2002. He currently ministers with those who are vulnerable due to homelessness and those with a learning disability. He is leaving his present post as Senior Chaplain and Spirituality Advisor with Alabare Christian Care and Support, based in Salisbury. In this role, Keith shares ministry with a network of ecumenical chaplains, lay and ordained.
Keith has degrees in music, theology, and ‘approaching Christian leadership’. He is a keen musician who enjoys working with community groups as conductor and composer. He has recently contributed two chapters to two separate books on music and spirituality. Keith is a pastoral supervisor, with an interest in nurturing vocation. He looks forward very much to contributing to diocesan life.
Keith’s wife, the Rev Dr Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, is an Anglican priest, theological educator, and author. She is looking forward to moving to Troon and learning how to kite surf. Together they have three school-aged children, Susannah, Reuben and Johan.
Bishop Kevin says, “We are delighted to be able to welcome Keith and his family into the life of the diocese. Keith brings many gifts and passions which we look forward to him sharing with the people of Troon, the wider life of the Ayrshire Region and the whole diocese. I look forward to Instituting Keith in the summer months.”
Please pray for Keith and his family as they prepare to move to Troon during the coming months.