Rev'd Dr Tom Ambrose

Tom is licensed to the parish, having previously been in full time parochial ministry.

Tom grew up at the edge of the Lake District, where he developed an early interest in earth history. He studied Geology at Sheffield University, and was awarded a Natural Environment Research Council grant to study mountain building in the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain.

He married Gill in 1972, completed his PhD and taught for three years in Sheffield. He was licensed as a Reader at St. Mark’s in Sheffield and assisted in finding his vocation as a priest by monks of the Society of the Sacred Mission who had moved to the parish following the closure of Kelham monastery and theological college.

Tom read the Theology Tripos at Emmanuel College, completed his ordination training at Westcott House and was a Reader licensed to the parish of Linton.

During this time Tom was one of the geologists awarded a contract by the Spanish government to produce the first geological maps of the Cantabrian Mountains.

Tom was ordained to a curacy in Morpeth in Newcastle Diocese, and then served in the parish of North Gosforth, during which time a new parish church was built.

He was invited to return to Ely Diocese and was for ten years rector of St. John March, a parish with a strong history of work on the railway.
During that time he was secretary and then chair of the Federation of Catholic Priests, on the standing committee of the Board of Finance, on the Bishop’s Council and later Rural Dean.

In 1993 he was invited by Bishop Stephen Sykes to be Director of Communications, which was combined with being priest in charge of Witchford and for two years chaplain of King’s School, Ely.

It was during this time that the world began to move in earnest from the fax, the typewriter and the answer-phone to electronic communications.
In 1995 Ely had the first official diocesan website in the Anglican Communion, with the first parish profiles on-line and dedicated email lists.

From 1999 to 2008 he was vicar of Trumpington where, with Gill, the first Godly Play room in Europe was fitted out and training courses were given.

Holidays in Spain from the 1990s led to the leading of pilgrimages for parish and diocesan groups, first along the pilgrim way Santiago de Compostela. Then, prompted by pilgrims asking ‘Where do we go next?’ there were pilgrimages to Seville, Granada and Cordoba, and to Avila, Segovia, Toledo and Salamanca.

More recently Gill and Tom have taken to cycling, after being given a tandem by their son and daughter in law. This has culminated in cycling from London to Paris in 2014 and throughout northern Spain along the Pilgrim Way to Santiago in 2015.

Contact tel: 
01223 858994
Role: 
Assistant Priest
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