Stephen is the director of Peacemaker Mediators, a registered charity dedicated to peacemaking, especially where minorities are persecuted, where justice is denied, human rights are suppressed or reconciliation is needed. For the last twenty years, before his early retirement at Easter 2017, he was the vicar of Christ Church, the parish church of Virginia Water in Surrey, England.
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 served for 20 years until 2017.
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.
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 co-authored the Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism for the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem.
He was awarded an MTh (with distinction) from Oxford University in 1994. His thesis examined the Ethical Management of Pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
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.
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
- Abela Publishing
- Awareness Foundation
- Anglican Media Sydney
- Anglican Mainstream
- Balfour Project
- Band of the RAF Regiment
- Bethlehem Bible College
- Burrswood Hospital
- Catholic News Agency
- Decision Magazine
- Diocese of Guildford
- Church Times
- Elam Ministries
- Embrace the Middle East
- Episcopal Diocese of Washington
- Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding (EMEU)
- Evangelicals Now
- Friends of Sabeel UK
- The Guardian
- Kairos Britain
- Kiwoko Hospital, Uganda
- Impress Books (Dan Cohn-Sherbok)
- Inter Varsity Press (IVP)
- Isaac Publishing
- Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD-UK)
- Lapido Media
- Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust
- Methodist Recorder (Kairos Palestine)
- Network Norfolk
- The Oxford Centre for Religious and Public Life (OCRPL)
- Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)
- Plain Truth Ministries (PTM)
- Routledge (Dan Cohn-Sherbok)
- Sabeel Jerusalem
- Spiritual Counterfeits Project (SCP)
- Surrey Life
- Tearfund NZ
- The M.E. Trust
- Times of Israel
- The Russell Tribunal on Palestine
- The Stones Cry Out Movie (Yasmine Perni)
- With God on our Side (Porter Speakman Jr)
- War on Want
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