Stephen enjoys a varied and energetic ministry among the young, diverse community at Kent University where he is Anglican Chaplain. As a parish priest he leads the ministry team in the nearby village of Blean.
Currently supporting Christian vocations among the student community at Kent University, Stephen also enjoyed several years’ national involvement with the discernment of vocations, serving at Bishops’ Advisory Panels across the country.
Stephen undertook postgraduate studies at both King’s College, London and Oxford University (where he also read Theology as an undergraduate) in the areas of New Testament and Biblical Interpretation, sitting at the feet of a stunning generation of teachers and lecturers including N T Wright, J L Houlden and G N Stanton. For 16 years he taught degree modules on the Bible and Christianity, as well as Islam, in Kent’s top-ranking Religious Studies department. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, having demonstrated nationally recognised standards of excellence in the delivery of degree-level teaching.
Stephen lives with his wife and young son on the edge of Canterbury. In his spare time he enjoys studying and writing about British landscape painting. In 2014 he was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) in recognition of his writing and research across the fields of the visual arts, the environment, poetry and theology.