The High Sheriff Chaplain

Rev Cannon Becky Stephens

Becky graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Mathematical Sciences and subsequently trained to be a teacher of mathematic. She enjoyed many years of teaching in secondary schools across Birmingham, including Small Heath School and King Edwards High School for Girls. Following the birth of her second child, Becky took time out of work to be a full time mum to Kate and Harry. These years were some of the most beautiful and formational of her life. 

During this time, Becky began to volunteer more at her local church, Holy Trinity Sutton Coldfield. Holy Trinity played a huge part in her life during these years and it was here where her call to priestly ministry began to crystallise. 

Becky trained for ordination at The Queens Foundation, Birmingham and was ordained in Birmingham Cathedral in 2014. She served her curacy in Coleshill and Maxstoke and her first incumbency in the parishes of The Whitacres, Lea Marston and Shustoke. Becky became the Vicar of St Peter’s, Maney in March 2020, just before the first national lockdown. 

In September 2023, Becky was licensed as the Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity, Sutton Coldfield, alongside her role in Maney. 

Another role Becky holds is the Bishop of Birmingham’s Adviser in Women’s Ministry. This is an area she is hugely passionate about since the Church of England holds varying opinions regarding the role of women. In this role, she strives to safeguard the representation of women in the Church, whilst advising on the Guiding Principles which ensure women and men can flourish whilst ministering alongside one another. 

Becky recently graduated with an MA in Theology, where she focussed on the Church of England’s liturgy of the Eucharistic Prayers. Ongoing study feeds her desire to be fully equipped to offer spiritual and theological leadership in her parishes.

Becky says she is excited to have been appointed as Chaplain to the High Sheriff and that it will be a great privilege to journey alongside him during his year in post.