Welcome to my new podcast, My (extraordinary) Family. For each edition I will be talking with someone I’ve come to know in my travels about their faith, their work and their story. I’ll will be asking what it means to them to become more Christ-like: contemplative, compassionate and courageous for the sake of God’s world.

Bishop Steven and Katie Tupling

Katie Tupling is Bishop Steven’s first guest for series 2 of My (extraordinary) Family. One of the people behind Disability and Jesus, she is also Chaplain among Deaf People and Disability Advisor for the Diocese of Oxford – her dream job. She shares her own faith journey as someone with cerebral palsy (CP) and what it means for disabled people to be in church and society: celebrated, not pitied. You can read a profile of Katie in Pathways magazine and find Ability Sunday resources on the Diocesan website.

Olivia Graham with Bishop Steven in the background

The Queen has approved the appointment of Olivia Graham as the next Bishop of Reading. In this special edition of My (extraordinary) family Bishop Steven talks with Olivia about her Christian formation, her ministry since ordination and her hopes for the role she is about to take on. Olivia will be consecrated in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 19 November, you can find further details on the Diocese of Oxford website.

Dr Philip Salmon is a parliamentary historian by trade who is involved in a scheme to renew John Henry Newman’s historic vision for St Mary and St Nicolas Church in Littlemore to provide a community space in one of Oxford’s poorest communities. Bishop Steven visited the church to talk to Philip about the scheme. Read more and see photos of St Mary and St Nicolas Church here.

Tony Wilson became our new Diocesan Director of Education, leading a team that supports 283 Church of England Schools across the Thames Valley region, in January. As he approaches the end of his first term in his exciting new role, Tony chats with Bishop Steven about the challenges and opportunities present in the education sector. Further information about becoming a foundation governor is available on the website.

The Oxford Winter Night Shelter is going from strength to strength providing warmth and a safe place to sleep for some of the city’s growing numbers of rough sleepers during the coldest nights of the year. Bishop Steven spoke to the Revd Mary Gurr, Oxford’s chaplain to the homeless, as volunteers were setting the shelter up for the night.

Nail technician turned pioneer minister, the Revd Erika Biscoe tells Bishop Steven about a powerful initiative to help girls with their self-esteem. This podcast comes just days after Bishop Steven’s stunning Diocesan Synod address highlighting the “storm inside the minds of our young people” in our turbulent, digital age.

The Revd Tina Molyneux is spearheading a scheme that is transforming people’s faith journeys across the Diocese of  Oxford. She tells Bishop Steven about her own life and her work as our new discipleship enabler.

Setting God’s People Free for… Monday to Saturday offers seven small shifts that will make a big difference to the way we worship, pray and support each other in our everyday faith. Nick Shepherd, program director, chats to Bishop Steven about #everydayfaith. Find out more in issue one of Pathways magazine.

Discovering Prayer helps thousands of people to go deeper with God through different forms of audio prayers and meditations. Bishop Steven chats to Michelle Eyre, Chief Prayer Officer and Founder in this latest edition of My (extraordinary) family. Read Michelle’s How to Pray article and God in the Life Of Michelle in Pathways magazine.

REInspired brings Christianity alive in classrooms across Berkshire and beyond. Julia Jones describes her faith journey, and the journey of REInspired in episode 4 of My (extraordinary) Family.