C Jonathan Stephen, Principal

Following a few years teaching Religious Education in a large and lively inner-London comprehensive school, Jonathan completed nearly 28 years in pastoral ministry, first at Amyand Park Chapel in Twickenham and then at Carey Baptist Church in Reading. His service to the wider Church has steadily grown through his preaching ministry and involvement in many projects and Christian agencies. Past President of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (1998-2001) and Director of Affinity (2003-2009), Jonathan took up the reins as Principal of WEST in September 2006. Jonathan is married to Sheila and they have one son, Jeremy, who is a lawyer in London. Amongst many other non-academic interests, as a member of MCC Jonathan takes his guardianship of the laws of cricket very seriously…


BA (Hons), University of Wales, Bangor; M Soc Sc, University of Birmingham; QTS

Modules taught

TH4805 Introduction to Systematic Theology
TH6834 Studies in Systematic Theology (Co-taught)
TH4817 Preaching I
TH5825 Preaching II
TH6809 Studies in Preaching and Pastoral Theology

Research interests

Contemporary ecclesiology
Biblical ecumenism
Methodology of preaching

Select publications

Theophany: Close Encounters with the Son of God (Day One, 1998)
Bible Churches Together – A Plea for True Ecumenism (FIEC, 2001)
Reflections on Theological Education
Numerous articles, chapters in books, forewords etc.


Email address: principal@west.org.uk

Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @WEST_principal

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