St.Mary the Virgin, Lewisham Lewisham High Street  SE13 6LE

To everyone at St.Mary’s Lewisham

I was born in Wallington in south London, but grew up in rural Wales, before moving back to London when I was 18 for university.  I studied theology for a BA at King’s College London, before spending a couple of years in a variety of different jobs – working in schools, offices, and even as a nanny for 6 months!

I went back to university to do a PhD in biblical studies, looking at the Old Testament, with a passion for the bible and talking with people about faith.  I attended St John the Divine, Kennington, and began thinking about a vocation to the priesthood.  After a lot of reading, praying, and talking I decided to spend a year as a pastoral assistant at St John the Divine.  I felt the experience of living with and ministering to people – young, old, from every corner of the world - was such a privilege and joy. I was accepted to train for ordination in 2015.  

I have spent the last two years at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, a seminary with a community of monks. In addition to study and prayer (and fun!) I have done a series of placements, in a parish in Bradford with a large Muslim population, at Southwark Cathedral, at Wandsworth Prison, and a mission to St George’s, Belfast.  

I’m so excited about moving back to London to start as curate at St Mary the Virgin, to meet people, make friends, and get to know Lewisham.  I’ve been meeting with Fr Steve for almost a year - attending St Mary’s one Sunday morning, but couldn’t tell anyone why I was visiting!  I loved the worship and friendliness of the congregation and am excited about working with Fr Steve to serve the church and community.

Please keep me in your prayers as I prepare to be ordained as deacon at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 1st July, and then join you at St Mary’s on Sunday 2nd July as your new curate.                                                                                                                         

 With love and prayers,               Steffan Mathias

St.Mary the Virgin Lewisham

346 Lewisham High Street

SE13 6LE   020 8690 2682

Registered Charity

Number 1182343