About

Stephen is the vicar of Christ Church, the community church of Virginia Water in Surrey, England.

Anglican Church

Originally from Lowestoft in Suffolk (the most easterly point in England), he became a Christian at Sussex University (1973-1976) while studying for a degree in geography. After graduation, he served for four years as a student counsellor with Agape in the UK and in Eastern Europe (1976-1980). In 1980 he was accepted for training by the Anglican Church and studied theology at Trinity College, Bristol (1980-1983).

He was ordained in 1983 and served as a curate in St Leonard’s on Sea, Sussex (1983-1986). He was appointed Curate-in-Charge, then Rector of St John’s, Stoke, Guildford in Surrey (1986-1979).

He was appointed vicar of Virginia Water in 1997, where he now leads a staff team of twelve and an international church family of about 500 drawn from 25 different nationalities.

Wider Ministry

Stephen is Vice Chair of Biblica Europe Ministries Trust. Biblica has completed more than 100 languages, and is the translation sponsor and ministry publisher of the New International Version (NIV), the most widely read and trusted contemporary English translation.

He is a trainer for the Christianity Explored Course and has assisted with the launch of the Buganda, Swahili and French translations in Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan, as well as the Polish translation in Katowice, Poland. His church has helped sponsor the forthcoming Arabic edition.

Among his other external commitments, he is:

TV Producer

Stephen produces a book and film review programme for Aletejah TV called ‘Enlightenment’ broadcast on Wednesdays at 14:00 GMT. See also the Arabic website Al-Etejah. You can also watch Aletejah on the internet here.

Interfaith and Human Rights

In 2004, he co-authored the statement Challenging Christian Zionism endorsed at the 5th International Sabeel Conference in Jerusalem.

In 2006, he debated Neville White of the Ethical Investment Advisory Group and was instrumental in the Church of England General Synod decision to divest from Caterpillar.

In 2006, he co-authored the Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism for the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem.

In 2010 he co-authored the Bethlehem Evangelical Affirmation, endorsed by participants at the Christ at the Checkpoint conference sponsored by Bethlehem Bible College.

In 2011 he co-authored the Seven Affirmations of Bethlehem Bible College and in 2012, the second international Christ at the Checkpoint Conference Statement and Manifesto.

He is a consultant and contributor to the film With God on our Side and produced a Bible study guide to complement the film and his book Zion’s Christian Soldiers.

He is a contributor to Bridges of Faith, the international Evangelical-Muslim Dialogue Group. He has attended and contributed to their four annual consultations in Chicago, Tripoli, Pasadena and Toronto.

Research

Stephen gained his BA in Geography from Sussex University in 1976, a Diploma in Higher Education (Dip HE) in 1983 from Trinity College, Bristol, and his MTh (with distinction) from Oxford University in 1994. In 1998 he was awarded a doctorate of membership in Action Learning (DPhil) by International Management Centres Association (IMC). In 2004 he was awarded a PhD by Oak Hill College and Middlesex University. His thesis examined the historical roots, theological basis and political consequences of Christian Zionism in Britain and the USA from 1820.

Stephen has served as an external examiner for post-graduate degrees (MPhil and PhD) awarded by the University of Wales, the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) and also Tyndale-Carey Graduate School, Bible College of New Zealand – now Laidlaw College.

Author

He is the author of three books, In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles, (Eagle, 2004) Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon (IVP, 2004) and Zion’s Christian Soldiers: The Bible, Israel and the Church (IVP, 2007). His books have been translated into Arabic, Farsi, Korean and Spanish. He also writes occasionally for various journals and magazines.

Photography and Press

He has Press Accreditation as a freelance photographer from the Palestine News Network (PNN) and Holy Land Trust.  His articles, resources, photos and videos have been used by:

His extensive photo collections may be viewed here

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