Rev Huw Thomas started his working life as an inner city youth worker in Wythenshawe. After a number of years wrestling with his calling, he eventually starting his training to become a priest by attending Queen's Theological College in Birmingham.
Huw started his theological life working in Salford before coming to serve St Michael's Church, Flixton. He loves to help other people and this is demonstrated by the continuance of his work as a Chaplain at HMP Manchester.
He has a son, Billy, who attends St Michael's School, where Huw is also a governor. Sadly, his wife Natalie died shortly after his induction as the priest in charge at St Michael's Church. A massive football fan, particularly of Manchester United, he also plays golf regularly and is an amateur DJ.
It’s very difficult to determine the date of the first Church in Flixton. The first references to the Church speak of it as already existing and the old church of St Michael’s is mentioned in the doomsday book. Though there is no evidence of a Saxon church here, the Normans never claimed to have founded a church on this site. Soon after 1066, the Normans acquired the land and the Norman carving above the East Window on the exterior of the building testifies to a stone-built Norman Church.
Therefore, there may well have been a Rector and poor wooden church in Flixton prior to the arrival of the Normans. It’s probably safe to say that Christians have worshipped in this place for at least 900 years making this one of the oldest foundations in Manchester Diocese.