Stephen John Hance (born 16 April 1966) is a British Anglican priest. Since 2017, he has been the Dean of Derby; he was previously the Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral and Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese of Southwark from 2013 to 2017.

Stephen Hance
Dean of Derby
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Derby
In office2017–present
Other postsCanon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral 2013 – 2017)
Ordination1993 (deacon)
1994 (priest)
by Timothy Bavin
Personal details
Birth nameStephen John Hance
Born (1966-04-15) 15 April 1966 (age 53)
Kisumu, Nyanza Province, Kenya
Alma mater

Early life and educationEdit

Hance was born on 16 April 1966 in Kisumu, Kenya.[1] He studied sociology at Portsmouth Polytechnic, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1989.[1][2] In 1990, he entered St John's College, Nottingham, an Open Evangelical Anglican theological college, to train for ordained ministry.[2] During this time he also studied theology, and he graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree in 1992.[2][1] He undertook postgraduate studies in mission and ministry, and graduated from Nottingham with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in 1993.[2][1] He then left theological college to be ordained in the Church of England.[2] After a number of years of part-time study at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, United States, he completed a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in missional church leadership in 2009.[1]

Ordained ministryEdit

Hance was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon on 26 September 1993,[3] and as a priest on 2 October 1994 — both times by Timothy Bavin, Bishop of Portsmouth, at Portsmouth Cathedral.[4] From 1993 to 1996, he served his curacy at St Jude's Church, Southsea in the Diocese of Portsmouth.[1] He then moved to the Diocese of London to join the Tollington Team as Team Vicar of St Mark's Church, Tollington Park.[2][1] From 1997 to 1999, he was also a member of the Bishop of Stepney's Council.[1]

In 1999, Hance moved to the Diocese of Southwark to take up his first incumbency.[1][5] From 1999 to 2013, he served as Vicar of the Church of the Ascension, Balham Hill.[2][1] From 1999 to 2004, he was also Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Kingston Episcopal Area.[1] In 2013, he joined Southwark Cathedral as Canon Missioner and was also appointed Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese of Southwark.[5][2] In 2015, he was elected a member of the General Synod of the Church of England.[1]

On 5 June 2017, it was announced that he would be the next Dean of Derby, the first among equals in the chapter of Derby Cathedral and the most senior priest in the Diocese of Derby.[5][1] He was installed as dean during a service on 30 September 2017.[1]


Hance has been seen as an Evangelical Anglican[6], and a "liberal evangelical". He has spoken out against the supposed pro-Liberal Catholic bias of the Diocese of Southwark.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Hance is married [5]and together they have three children.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "A New Dean for Derby Cathedral". Derby Cathedral. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Stephen John Hance". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Ordinations". Church Times (#6825). 3 December 1993. p. 5. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 7 June 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  4. ^ "Ordinations". Church Times (#6871). 21 October 1994. p. 5. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 7 June 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ a b c d e "A New Dean for Derby Cathedral". Diocese of Derby. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b Cutting, Alastair; Gates, Simon; Hance, Stephen (20 March 2015). "The diocese of Southwark, and how Evangelicals see it". Church Times. Retrieved 7 June 2017.