Friday, 30 January 2015

Who Is Stephen Sizer?

This leaves no room for doubt:

Stephen is the vicar or pastor of Christ Church, the international community church of Virginia Water. He and his wife have been in full time Christian ministry together for 35 years.

He became a Christian at university and served as an evangelist with Agape in the UK and Eastern Europe for four years before training for the Anglican ministry at Trinity College, Bristol.

Originally from Lowestoft, he has served as Curate of St Leonard’s on Sea, Sussex, and then was Rector of St John’s, Stoke, Guildford in Surrey for eleven years before being appointed vicar of Virginia Water in 1997.

He is a member of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, formed at the Global Anglican Futures conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem in June 2008.

He has endorsed the Jerusalem Declaration and supports the Third Province Movement.

He is a member of Anglican Mainstream, Reform and Church Society and supports the Fellowship of Word and Spirit, New Word Alive, Keswick and UCCF.

He is a member of the Executive of the Guildford Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship and a member of Guildford Diocesan Synod.

He is an Advocate (trainer) for the Christianity Explored Course and recently assisted Craig Dyer, the training director with a CE training project in Uganda and Kenya.

Stephen is a Trustee of Biblica (the International Bible Society – Send the Light (IBS-STL) Ministries Trust, who sponsored and publish the New International Version (NIV), the most widely read Bible translation in English.

No liberal he.

His critique of Christian Zionism is that of key Evangelical leaders such as the late Dr John Stott and the former Bishop of Durham, Professor NT Wright, as well as of bodies such as the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals in the United States.

The long-vacant Suffragan See of Maidstone has been kept that way for six years in order that it might eventually be filled by a Conservative Evangelical, with a roving national role, once women had become bishops.

Here's to Bishop Stephen Sizer, and the Stern Gang can swivel on that. As it can swivel on the presence of George Galloway on the Question Time panel from Golders Green next Thursday.

Get the message: you do not decide the staffing arrangements of the Church of England, and you do not own the BBC, or indeed Mentorn.

Get the message. And get over yourselves.

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