I was Ordained in July 2014 after being at St. Stephens as Reader since 2001 and having spent almost 40 years in Marketing, Finance and Communication in the West Midlands and London.
I have a spinal condition, which I’ve had since the age of 12, which has left me with sensory loss, long term pain, muscle degeneration and compromised mobility.
This means that I have passionate concern for all aspects of disability inclusion and accessibility. I work across the Birmingham Diocese to address the challenges in everyday living for those who live with obvious and hidden disability.
Revd. Steve Jones –Bishops Advisor on Disability, Associate Priest at St. Stephens, Chair of the Disability Access & Inclusion Group, Accessibility Advisor to the DAC, Husband, Father and Grandpa – but not always in that order.
"Every single person deserves to have access to everything they wish to have access to"
Rev Steve Jones
Bishops Advisor on Disability
Assistant Priest St Stephen the Martyr, Rednal
Prior to taking on full-time church ministry, he worked as a Senior Specialist Biomedical scientist in Nigeria, the (NHS) UK and the HSE Ireland, with expertise in Molecular Pathology.
Master of Science degree from Middlesex University, London
Master of Arts from Manchester University
Postgraduate Certificate in Religion and Health from Durham University.
He is currently writing his proposal for a PhD in Theology.
Dele is the vicar of St Stephen the Martyr, Rednal. He is a pastor, leader and teacher with a divine mandate to preach the gospel, make disciples and mentor young leaders across the length and breadth of the church and in everyday life.
He once served as a University chaplain and also pioneered a congregation of young families within the Diocese of Birmingham. He has taught in a number of discipleship programs including the 3D, the Alpha course, IGNITE etc and gets invited to speak at Services, Christian fellowships and conferences.
Rev Dele Sotonwa
Vicar St Stephen the Martyr, Rednal
I created this site to improve our outreach in the growing Rednal and Longbridge community. The website in its first form started our growth to the world of Social Media. We now have a vibrant Facebook, interesting Twitter and informative Website. All to help maintain, grow and enrich our community.
"You can never have enough bikes. Mine is on the wall, literally"
My day job is in the civil service, and i also spend alot of time working with the Sea Cadet Corps at the Birmingham Unit, TS Vernon.
I have a huge love for History and enjoy reading on a variety of topics. I also recently completed an onine Harvard course about Sikhism. With the little time i have remaining i am also learning Hindi.
My role at the church is mainly focussed on the webiste, Twitter and our overal online presence. Improving this and enabling our congregation and the wider community to access us 24/7. These efforts and the fantastic team i work with have proved their worth during the Covid19 pandemic.