We are blessed with a caring, deep thinking and highly enthusiastic clergy – Philip and Debbie. So whether you come for a stimulating sermon, profound communion, some good jokes, a big smile and a chat you should go away with a spring in your step and something surprising to think about – or maybe just a refreshing inner calm.
Philip has been at Saint Stephen’s for eight years. This is his first job as a rector. Before that he was a writer, director and presenter in various media, mostly for BBC Radio and Television. He is, amongst other things, husband to Lizzie, father to Ellie, Billy, Peter, Annie and Ted, cyclist, breadmaker, grower, scribbler and sketcher, henkeeper and supporter of the best football club in the world. (He was born in Watford.)
A rare species – curate, farmer’s wife, mother … noted for being vertically challenged but high on agricultural anecdotes. Happiest nurturing things: people, plants, animals – and creating: with food, fabric or a hammer and nails. Smitten with Jesus – and husband Will (a wonderfully long-suffering and patient species) she’s proud mum to their three grown up daughters, Jess, Ceci, and Maddie.