Jonathan Stephen

Carr Jonathan Stephen (usually known as Jonathan Stephen) is the principal of the Wales Evangelical School of Theology in Bryntirion, Bridgend, Wales. He is also the director of Affinity, an organisation that provides networking and support to churches.
Born and brought up in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England, he was dramatically converted while a student in Bangor, on the north coast of Wales. Having received a Master's degree in political anthropology at the University of Birmingham, he undertook theological studies at Spurgeon's College, and subsequently spent three years teaching Religious Education in a large and lively inner-London comprehensive school.
Since then, Stephen has completed over 27 years of pastoral ministry: first at Amyand Park Chapel in Twickenham, and from 1987 to 2006 at Carey Baptist Church in Reading. During his pastorate at Carey Baptist, he spke to the press on behalf of missionary Ian Stillman, who was unjustly imprisoned in India. He has also said that he believes hobbies are "essentially unscriptural", but is a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club.
Stephen is married to Sheila, a fully accredited counsellor and former chair of the board of Prospects, a Christian charity supporting people with learning difficulties. Sheila has also contributed to various Holiday Bible Club curricula and continues to be actively involved in their programmes. They have one son, Jeremy, who is a lawyer in London.
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