The Bishop of Birmingham has appointed local priest, Revd Becky Stephens, to the role of Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry.
As Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry, Becky will work with Bishop David, Bishop Anne and other colleagues in Church of England Birmingham to support the leadership, well-being and development of women in ordained ministry, enabling them to flourish in their vocation. As part of this watching brief for women’s ministry in Birmingham Diocese, Becky will serve as the Bishop’s key liaison person for regional and national consultations and initiatives, and draw together women colleagues for mutual support and inspiration in ministry.
Becky is the Rector of The Whitacres, Lea Marston and Shustoke; a parish of four rural churches in the Coleshill Deanery. She also serves on the Vocations Team as an adviser, with responsibility for social media.
Before ordination, Becky was a maths teacher at secondary schools around Birmingham. She first heard her call to ordination while she was at home full time with her young children. Becky trained at The Queen's Foundation where she developed an interest in Gender Studies and Feminist Theology.
Becky is married to Nigel and they have two children, Kate and Harry. She said of her appointment: ”I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to serve as the Bishop's Adviser for Women’s Ministry. I have a passion for encouraging, nurturing and enabling all women, especially those called to minister. It is an exciting time in the Church of England as we see women and men working alongside each other to further the Kingdom of God. I very much look forward to building on Canon Faith Claringbull’s inspiring work and the foundations she has laid in Birmingham.”
Revd Canon Dr Mark Pryce, Director of Ministry said: “I am delighted that Bishop David has invited Becky to build on and take forward the rich work of Canon Faith Claringbull as Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry. Becky brings great gifts of pastoral care and spirituality rooted in parish ministry, and I look forward to working with her in continuing to develop the ministry of women and men together, leading the church in the transformation of God’s world through Christ.”