Anja Thomson Posted on June 21, 2012 by samc Mrs Anja THOMSON, to be Assistant Curate (SSM) in the Benefice and Parish of St Mary, Fishponds in the East Bristol Partnership. They say the only constant in life is change, and this is certainly true when I look at my varying interests and vocations. I was born into a German Lutheran family, but turned my back on the church as soon as I was confirmed. I came to London to study the lute and met Paul, and our young family moved to Bristol. Finding back to faith was clearly a life changing experience, but it took me 20 years to get to this day. On the way lay my beloved work as prison chaplain, a counselling diploma, and the stripping down of my faith to its bare bones. But here I am! One constant in life is my husband Paul, whose steadiness grounds and strengthens me, as do our sons Alex and Stefan. I love the way God guides through transformation, challenging and unsettling as it may be at times.