From February 2020, the Archdeacon of Berkshire will be the Ven. Stephen Pullin.
Stephen joined the Diocese as Priest-in-Charge of St Mary the Virgin, (Reading Minster) in 2014. Launching Sanctuary, which sees the church open as a refuge for party-goers, the homeless and others from 9pm to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays, has been one of the highlights of his Minster ministry. He was the Area Dean of Reading until 2017 when he became an Assistant Archdeacon of Berkshire. He became an Honorary Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in January 2019.
As Archdeacon, Stephen will be helping churches with what they are trying to accomplish on a local level while helping them to engage with our common vision to become a more Christ-like Church. Another priority for Stephen will be the wellbeing of clergy, churchwardens, congregations and all of the staff and volunteers who serve Berkshire’s churches and communities.
Before ordination, Stephen studied chemical engineering at South Bank University. He began his career working for Tate and Lyle, and the company sponsored him to complete an Open University MBA. During that time, he was involved with a church plant of Holy Trinity Brompton in London. Stephen trained as an ordinand at Trinity College, Bristol. He completed a curacy in the Diocese of Bristol, where he was also the Bishop’s Advisor for Deliverance Ministry.