meet the vicar
James Campbell Ramsey Gibson
Date of birth
17 April 1970 (Happy 50th to me in lockdown!)
1.88m (6'2" for the older ones)
What were you like at school?
Far too conscientious
Date started at HTH
17 June 2016
Any previous vicaring?
No, this is my first post as a vicar. I did my curacy (on the job vicar training) at Busbridge and Hambledon Church in Godalming, Surrey. Before that I was a punter in the pew for many years.
And before that?
Mechanical Engineering degree at Southampton, then Rolls-Royce for five years designing and testing military jet engines, then Masters degree in Soil and Water Engineering (sounds boring but was great!), ten years working for charities helping to provide people in developing countries with clean water and toilets, five years at the Environment Agency trying to stop London flooding, two years at theological college in Bristol…
Deb (??!), Ben (13), Jemima (11) and Kevin the fish (age unknown).
First date with Deb
Blind date, Plaza del Estudainte, La Paz, Bolivia – I think we went for coffee and cake (I remember I paid!).
Favourite woman in the Bible
Esther – right place, right time – bold enough to make sure God’s voice was heard.
What’s going on in the boat picture?
Bold, adventurous, mad – yes it’s me paddling over the edge…
Any safer hobbies?
Cycling and running as well as a bit of DIY when I get the chance.
If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
A giraffe. Not sure why, just like the fact that they’re different.
Anything unusual we don’t already know about you?
I can fly a hovercraft.