1. A presentation on Christian Zionism: Historical Roots, Theological Basis and Political Consequences recorded June 27th at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church in Seattle, The Reverend Doctor Stephen Sizer, from England, spoke to a small group consisting mostly of area clergy. His remarks related to his latest book, published by InterVarsity Press, Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon?

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Stephen is the vicar, or senior pastor, of Christ Church, the community church of Virginia Water in Surrey, UK.

He became a Christian at university (1973-1976). After graduation, he served for four years as an evangelist and student counsellor with Agape…

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Stephen is the vicar, or senior pastor, of Christ Church, the community church of Virginia Water in Surrey, UK.

He became a Christian at university (1973-1976). After graduation, he served for four years as an evangelist and student counsellor with Agape in the UK and Eastern Europe (1976-1980). In 1980 he was accepted for training for the Anglican ministry and studied at Trinity College, Bristol (1980-1983).

Originally from Lowestoft in Suffolk (the most easterly point in England), he was ordained in 1983 and has served as a curate in St Leonard’s on Sea, Sussex (1983-1986) and then as Rector of St John’s, Stoke, Guildford in Surrey (1986-1979). He was appointed vicar of Virginia Water in 1997 where he now leads a staff team of ten and church family of about 400 drawn from 25 or more different nationalities and denominational backgrounds.

Stephen is a Trustee of the Biblica Ministries Trust, who sponsored and publish the New International Version (NIV), the most widely read Bible translation in English.

He is an Advocate (trainer) for the Christianity Explored Course and assisted in the launch of the Buganda and Swahili translations in Uganda and Kenya as well as the Polish translation in Poland.

He is a member of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA), formed at the Global Anglican Futures conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem in June 2008 and has endorsed the Jerusalem Declaration. He supports the Anglican Mission in England (AMIE)

He is a member of Anglican Mainstream. He supports the Fellowship of Word and Spirit, New Word Alive, Reform, Keswick and UCCF. He is a member of the Executive of the Guildford Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship and Guildford Diocesan Synod.

He is a Patron of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD-UK), Sadaka – the Ireland Palestine Alliance, a Trustee of Friends of Sabeel UK, a founding member of the Institute for the Study of Christian Zionism (ISCZ), a member of the Advisory Council of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding (EMEU) and the UK Board of Reference for the Mar Elias Educational Institutions, in Ibillin, Galilee, founded by Bishop Elias Chacour. He is also an active member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

He has Press Accreditation as a photographer from the Palestine News Network (PNN) and Holy Land Trust. His photos have been used by:

Anglican Media Sydney,
Anglican Mainstream,
Decision Magazine,
Elam Ministries,
Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding (EMEU),
Evangelicals Now,
Kiwoko Hospital, Uganda.
Inter Varsity Press (IVP),
M.E. Trust
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC),
Surrey Life,

His photo collections may be viewed here

He co-authored the Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism signed by the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem in 2006, and the Bethlehem Evangelical Affirmation, endorsed by participants at the international Christ at the Checkpoint conference sponsored by Bethlehem Bible College in March 2010. He is the programme director for the second Christ at the Checkpoint conference to be held in Bethlehem in 2012.

He was a consultant and contributor to the film With God on our Side and produced a Bible study guide to complement the film.

He is a contributor to Bridges of Faith, the international Evangelical-Muslim Dialogue Group. He has attended and contributed to their four annual consultations in Chicago, Tripoli, Pasadena and Toronto.

He was Mayoral Chaplain of Runnymede Borough Council (home of the Magna Carta), is acting Rural Dean of Runnymede for the Autumn and is chair of governors of St Ann’s Heath School, Virginia Water.

Stephen gained his BA in Geography from Sussex University in 1976, a Diploma in Higher Education (Dip HE) in 1983 from Trinity College, Bristol, and his MTh (with distinction) from Oxford University in 1994. In 1998 he was awarded a doctorate of membership in Action Learning (DPhil) by International Management Centres Association (IMC). In 2004 he was awarded a PhD by Oak Hill College and Middlesex University. His thesis examined the historical roots, theological basis and political consequences of Christian Zionism in Britain and the USA from 1820.

Stephen has served as an external examiner for post-graduate degrees (MPhil and PhD) awarded by the University of Wales, the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) and also Tyndale-Carey Graduate School, Bible College of New Zealand.

He is the author of three books, In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles, (Eagle, 2004) Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon (IVP, 2004) and Zion’s Christian Soldiers: The Bible, Israel and the Church (IVP, 2007). He also writes occasionally for various journals and magazines.

He has an extensive international ministry, teaching regularly in churches, seminaries and universities in the USA, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

In his spare time, he enjoys photography, painting and golf, although not very well, and walking Wentworth Dilly the family dog.

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