We moved to Norwich two years ago and soon decided that St Stephen’s was the congregation we chose to join. I wanted to be part of the worship, the fellowship and the work in the community. In my working life I engaged with young people and families at risk of social exclusion and it’s that mindset and skill set which I bring to my new role in the church. That and what I learnt in raising four children! For me it’s always about the people; everyone being equal in the eyes of God and having the imprint of God the creator. So I hope to serve the congregation and the community in any way I can.
Operations Manager & Families Worker
Lisa has many hats on when she is at St Stephen’s but her main role is as the Operations Manager, looking after the day to day running of the church. She’s also responsible for the children and families work. Lisa and her husband Ian have been worshipping at St Stephen’s since 2017 and they knew immediately that this was where God wanted them to worship and serve. She loves that St Stephen’s is unique in that it brings together an amazing bunch of people, all different in their own ways but united by love for God. In a previous career, Lisa was a research scientist for British Sugar, developing new products, where she had a forklift and front-loading shovel driving licence and was in charge of 3 very large boilers!
Clare has been part of St Stephen’s for ten years and has been our Community Worker for five years, working with anyone who needs our help. She enjoys being among people, learning together, drinking tea and eating cake! She loves the bustle and friendliness of St Stephen’s as well as the encouragement, team-work and commitment to journey alongside one another in life. Most of all she loves the tea that comes in tea pots and cute cups and saucers!! Clare loves the TV series Heartland, despite being slightly intimidated by horses and her favourite Bible verse is Psalm 27:4- “I’m asking God for one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long. I’ll contemplate his beauty: I’ll study at his feet”.
Beckie has been the Café Manager at St Stephen’s for six years and she enjoys various aspects of this role- spending time with people and the very practical nature of serving in the Café. She loves the variety at St Stephen’s, in terms of ministries operating out of St Stephen’s as well as the volunteers and customers who all have such different life experiences. During her years at St Stephen’s, Beckie has been drawn back time and time again to the Bible verse Romans 12:1- ‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life- your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life- and place it before God as an offering.’ Fun fact about Beckie: she has recently released her nurturing side at home by propagating and raising hundreds (literally) of succulents!
Assistant Café Manager
I am one of the assistant managers in the Café since August 2022 and have since then loved to work in the St Stephen’s community with people from various walks of life and backgrounds. This has been added to the cultural diversity in which I live daily – being born in The Netherlands, married to team vicar Austin from Nigeria, and living with our three children in the UK.
Besides working in St Stephen’s Café I am a Licensed Lay Minister in the Tas Valley Team Ministry and play occasionally the organ for services.
A bible passage that has given me guidance and strength in all my life circumstances is Proverbs 3:5-6 –“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight”.