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.
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.
He is a Patron of ICAHD UK, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and Sedaka, the Ireland Palestine Alliance. He is a founding member of the Institute for the Study of Christian Zionism (ISCZ), a board member of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding (EMEU) and the UK Board of Reference for the Mar Elias Educational Institutions, in Ibillin, Galilee, founded by Bishop Elias Chacour.
Stephen gained his BA in Geography from Sussex University in 1976, a Diploma in Higher Education (Dip HE) from Trinity College, Bristol n 1983, his MTh from Oxford University in 1994 and his PhD from Oak Hill College and Middlesex University in 2004.
Stephen has served as an external examiner for post-graduate degrees (MPhil and PhD) awarded by the University of Wales and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) and also Tyndale-Carey Graduate School, Bible College of New Zealand.
He is the author of three books, In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles, (Eagle, 2004) Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon (IVP, 2004) and Zion's Christian Soldiers: The Bible, Israel and the Church (IVP, 2007). He also writes occasionally for various journals and magazines. He travels regularly to teach at conferences and in churches, seminaries and universities internationally.
In his spare time, he enjoys photography, painting, golf and karate, although not very well.
"I am glad to commend Stephen Sizer's ground-breaking critique of Christian Zionism. His comprehensive overview of its roots, its theological basis and its political consequences is very timely. I myself believe that Zionism, both political and Christian, is incompatible with biblical faith. Stephen's book has helped to reinforce this conviction." Revd John Stott, Rector Emeritus, All Soul's, Langham Place, London, the principal framer of the Lausanne Covenant (1974) and founder of the Langham Partnership International.
Endorsements of Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon?
“Thank God, here comes at last a book that challenges the pseudo-theology which, by giving precedence to the Old Covenant over the New, relegates the Church to the status of concubine in order to make Israel the Bride of Christ. In clear and measured terms, the author demonstrates from Scripture that God's purposes for history are not driven by a narrowly selective racist obsession but rather by his eternal design to create the Church, the new community dearly secured through the cross for all Christ-followers, both Jews and Gentiles.” Professor Gilbert Bilezikian, Professor Emeritus, Wheaton College and a founding leader of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois.
John Stott has also kindly written the foreword to In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles:
"Stephen not only draws out the relevant historical and biblical significance of each site but seeks to highlight its contemporary relevance. We are reminded, as the New Testament proclaims, that we believe in both the historical Jesus who lived and the contemporary Jesus who lives.
This book might well have borrowed the title from a well known earlier volume, The Historical Geography of the Holy Land. For it is a fine blend of history, geography, biblical allusion and Christian teaching. Bible students will enjoy looking up its many references. Particularly striking are the double-page, full colour spreads, which occur every three pages and give us spectacular panoramic views. It is a fine blend of history, geography, biblical allusion and Christian teaching." Revd John Stott
This world famous 6 hour passion play with 2000 actors has been performed every ten years in Oberammergau for nearly 400 years as a perpetual thanksgiving after the plague left the village in 1633. Stephen will be leading an escorted ten day tour in July 2010 which includes a week’s holiday at the four star Mohrenwirt Hotel in Fuschl near Salzburg and two days accommodation in Oberammergau. McCabe Travel, a Christian travel company, will be organising our tour and special excursions. You can download more information
Recent Radio and TV Programmes, Journal Articles and Seminar Papers
Christian Minorities under Muslim rule: Fuller Seminary, Pasadena.
A Reply to the Spectator. Melanie Phillips & the New Axis of Evangelicals and Islamists, March 2009.
The Vatican and Israel. Press TV Middle East Today programme, March 2009.
‘United Against Zionism and Racism’ conference, Edinburgh University, March 2009.
A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation by Naim Ateek: A Book Review
Premier Radio discussion with Geoffrey Smith of CFI, November 2008.
The Restoration of Israel by Gerhard Falk: A Review for the Catholic Historical Review.
Defending Christian Zionism by David Pawson: A Response based on a debate featured on Premier Christian Radio, May 2008.
Lost in Transit: A blog entry about his recent visit to Jakarta and the international Nakba conference at the University of Indonesia.
Christian Zionism Perpetuates Arab-Israeli Conflict published in the Daily News Egypt interview by Abdel-Rahman Hussein 20th February 2008.
Assessing Western and Christian Stands on the Islamic Republic A paper given at The Gulf Cultural Club, January 2008
Evangelical-Muslim Dialogue Consultation: The World Islamic Call Society Evangelical-Muslim Consultation, Tripoli, Libya, January 2008.
Worship and Service: Community Responsibility A Paper delivered at the Evangelical-Muslim Consultation, Tripoli, Libya, January 2008.
Persian Expedition Stephen's travel blog from a visit to Iran in October 2007.
Premier Radio Interview with John Pantry, October 2007.
Christian Zionism: Road to Armageddon: Video presentation made at Trinity Church, Seattle, June 2007.
Jesus and other Faiths. a paper delivered at the Oxford Diocesan Curates Conference, (in a debate with Marcus Braybrooke) April 2007.
Justice in the Eyes of Jesus, A paper delivered at a conference of Evangelicals and Muslims, Chicago, November 2006.
Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism A Declaration by the Patriarch and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, which I helped co-author, based on the earlier Sabeel Declaration, August 2006.
Modern Israel in Bible Prophecy: Promised Return or Impending Exile? Published in the Christian Research Journal. 2006 Volume: 29 Number: 6.
Bible Answer Man Interview with Hank Hanegraaff. A discussion on Christian Zionism for the Christian Research Institute
Middle East Tour 2006 Stephen's travel blog from his Middle East tour, July 2006.