About Bishop Stephen

Stephen Cottrell is Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s evangelism team.

He has written widely on evangelism, spirituality and discipleship. Among his most recent books are a series of Lent and Holy Week meditations, The Things He Carried (2008), a follow up of reflections for Easter Day, The Things He Said (2009), The Nail: Being part of the Passion (2011) and Christ in the Wilderness: Reflecting on the paintings of Stanley Spencer (2012). His best selling, I Thirst (Zondervan) was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2004.

Other books include, From the Abundance of the Heart: Catholic evangelism for all Christians (DLT); Do Nothing to Change your Life: Discovering what happens when you stop (CHP); Hit the Ground Kneeling: Seeing leadership differently (CHP); He has also written a book of children’s stories, The Adventures of Naughty Nora (BRF).

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Missionary Journey from Great Wakering to Leigh on Sea

On Wednesday 11th September 2019, I will undertake my final missionary walk this year.

Posted on 03 September 2019

Missionary walk to Brightlingsea and Mersea Island

On Sunday 19th May Bishop Stephen will be starting his programme for 2019 with a visit to the Essex coast around Brightlingsea and Mersea Island.

Posted on 15 May 2019

Missionary walks in 2019

Since 2014 – our centenary year - I have set aside a few days each year to walk around the diocese. I have found these walks enormously enjoyable and I believe they have been a blessing to many others who have joined me and are many parishes I had visited.

Posted on 07 December 2018