Revd Becky Stephens
Rector of The Whitacres, Lea Marston & Shustoke
Living near Birmingham and having a young family meant that Queen's was the obvious place for me to train. The Track 1 course enabled me to continue to live at home and commute, ensuring minimum disruption to my family. However, training at Queen's turned out to be far more than just a convenience. Being formed for Anglican ministry at Queen's offers the very best of experiences. Learning within diversity encourages an understanding of all traditions within the Church of England, whilst reaffirming the tradition of individual students. Tutors make it a priority that all traditions are celebrated, both in lectures and during worship in the college chapel. Assignments vary considerably allowing individuals to discern what their core values and beliefs are and where they fit into the Anglican Church. Aside from the teaching, Queen's has offered me a healthy model for ordained life. I have left Queen's knowing more about myself as a person, a leader, a priest and as a Christian; fully equipped to serve my curacy and beyond. I have also made some amazing friendships, which I'm sure will be lifelong.