About

My name is Graham Thomson. I’m the Pastor of Spen Valley Church, in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire. We planted the church in September 2017 because we wanted to reach Cleckheaton, and the whole Spen valley with the good news of Jesus. I’m married to Dawn, and have one son Jude. I’m a long-suffering Huddersfield Town fan, and enjoy a beer with mates, a good book, and some really heavy guitars!

I’m a proud Yorkshireman, having lived all my life in the county. It breaks my heart that so few of my fellow tykes know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. The statistics for how many people in Yorkshire are bible-believing Christians are debated, but wherever the exact number lies, the bare truth is that it’s very low. Yorkshire is a mission field that needs people to sacrificially commit to reaching it with the gospel. This blog is simply another attempt to raise that message, and give a flavour of what ministry life in Yorkshire looks like.

The title of this blog may seem strange to those outside of Yorkshire. it comes out of Yorkshire dialect: When two Yorkshire men meet, one might ask, ‘How you going on?’ The other might well reply, ‘Fair to middlin’.’ It essentially means, ‘Alright, not too bad.’ But we Yorkshire folk have a bit of a reputation for occasional grumpiness as well. That attitude is best summed up in a Yorkshire word, made famous around the world by the Arctic Monkeys: Mardy. It’s just means grumpy. Which of course I never am…

As this is going to be a blog about ministry in Yorkshire, and occasionally a space for me to sound off about frustrations(!), it seemed sensible to warn everyone. Therefore, here you will find ‘Ministry mitherings (complaining, crying) from God’s own county. I pray that someone somewhere might find it useful…

You can also get me on Twitter: @goldenpthomson