Dean of Derby
Tel: 01332 341201
Dr. Stephen Hance trained for the ministry at St. John's Nottingham and was ordained in Portsmouth Diocese where he served his curacy at St. Jude's Southsea. He then served as Team Vicar of St. Saviour's Hanley Road (London Diocese) before moving to Southwark Diocese in 1999, where he was Vicar of Ascension Balham Hill and then Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese and Canon Missioner at the Cathedral. He has a BSc in Sociology from Portsmouth University (where he also met his wife Jacqui), a BTh and MA from Nottingham University, and a DMin from Asbury Theological Seminary (USA).
Responsibilities in the wider Church have included being a member of General Synod, a member of the Council of Intercontinental Church Society, a trustee of Just Earth, chair of the International Alumni Council of Asbury Theological Seminary, and founder/convener of the Cathedrals Growth Network. He has written or contributed to books on Fresh Expressions, Mission Action Planning, forgiveness, confirmation, parenting, and preaching. Stephen is passionate about the Church, the mission of God in the world, and enabling people to flourish.
He has travelled widely, especially in Africa (where he was born) and the USA. He loves music, can often be found at a concert or listening to music at home (on vinyl, preferably) and is a thoroughly mediocre musician himself. Stephen and Jacqui have three adult children, Natalie, Simeon, and Isaac. They enjoy the theatre, friendship, hospitality, and God's creation.