The Reverend Canon Stephen Ferns

The Reverend Canon Stephen Ferns

The Canon Treasurer is a member of Chapter and shares with other members of Chapter in the governance of the Cathedral. 

He has particular responsibility for the treasury within the Cathedral, although its day to day running is undertaken by the sub-treasurer. He shares with the other residentiary clergy in the ministry of the Cathedral, although his main focus of ministry is as the Senior Chaplain to the Bishop of Chichester.

Stephen grew up in Stamford in Lincolnshire. He studied for degrees in history (at Durham University) and theology (at Oxford University) and trained for ordained ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

Before coming to Chichester, Stephen spent 13 years working in the Ministry Division at Church House Westminster, where he was initially national vocations officer for the Church of England and then subsequently Senior Selection Secretary.  His work involved encouraging and discerning vocations and overseeing the processes by which the Church identifies and selects its future clergy.

Prior to his work in London, Stephen was chaplain to the Bishop of Blackburn. He has also been a curate and an incumbent on Teesside and chaplain to two colleges in Durham University.

His interests include the arts and travel.

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