About

Bishop Tim Stevens is the Bishop of Leicester in the United Kingdom, a post he has occupied since June 1999.

He was raised in a rural vicarage in Essex and went to Chigwell School.  After leaving school he spent a year in Zambia with Voluntary Service Overseas and then read Classics and English at Selwyn College, Cambridge.  Subsequently he spent five years as a Management Trainee with the British Overseas Airways Corporation.  This was followed by two years as a Second Secretary in the South Asian Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

He trained for ordination at Ripon Hall, Oxford and subsequently at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.  He was ordained in 1976 as Curate in East Ham, East London.  Subsequently he was Team Rector of Canvey Island in Essex. 

As Bishop’s Urban Officer in the Chelmsford Diocese and as Archdeacon of West Ham he was engaged in developing the Church Urban Fund projects and in reshaping Church buildings for the contemporary needs of the Church’s mission in the City.  Before taking up his present position, he was Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich in the County of Suffolk, working particularly with community and voluntary agencies in preparation for Regional Government.

Particular interests include interfaith relations.  The City of Leicester has the largest Hindu population in the United Kingdom as well as substantial Muslim, Sikh and other faith communities.  Both at diocesan and at national level the Bishop is involved in conversations with those of other faiths, especially in finding ways of working with other faiths on regeneration issues in cities.

Bishop Tim is also a member of the House of Lords, the Archbishops Council and Standing Committee of the House of Bishops.

Bishop Tim is the chair of the Council of Westcott House theological college in Cambridge.

Other interests include his work as the Chairman of the Trustees of The Children’s Society.  This is a major national children’s charity attached to the Church of England which is pioneering work with the most disadvantaged children, including children of refugees, homeless children, children in prison and children with disabilities.

Bishop Tim has a wife, Wendi, and two children, Rachel and Adam, both of whom are now adult and have left home. 

Bishop Tim’s other interests include a keen attachment to cricket and rugby, including supporting the professional teams based in Leicester.  He enjoys walking especially from his holiday cottage on the edge of the North York Moors.

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