Bishop of Leicester
last updated on: 15th Dec 2014
The Right Reverend Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester
Bishop Tim Stevens 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.
He was appointed Bishop of Leicester in June 1999.
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 the Convenor of the Lords Spirtual in the House of Lords, which is a coordinating role of the Bishops sitting in the House of Lords. He is also the lead spokesman for the Bishops on constitutional and children & families issues in the House.
Bishop Tim is the chair of the Council of Westcott House theological college in Cambridge.
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, and he is a keen walker.