Archbishop Metropolitan Dr. Steven Lyn Evans is the Presiding Archbishop of The International Christian Church Network.
He brings a wealth of varied experiences into his leadership of the Network. Leaving his home in South Wales as a young 20-year-old with a dream of being in the entertainment industry, within four days he was singing on the stage of the world-famous London Palladium and working with world-renowned chart-topping groups such as Heatwave and Music Moguls such as Tony Calder and Larry Page.
In 1996 whilst performing at the Royal Variety Show, he spent time with fellow Welshman and singer Tom Jones and became convicted that his ‘calling’ was to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By this time he had already completed a B.A. (Hons) degree in Theology at the London Bible College and had earned the Cambridge Certificate in Evangelism. Such was the clear and strong sense of God’s ‘calling’ that he immediately began to yield to the ministry and leave the world of entertainment.
Ministry, Ordination and Consecration:
Archbishop Steven began his ministry work as a Cell Church Pastor at Kensington Temple in London from 1992-1994. During this time he was studying for his B.A. (hons) degree in Theology from London Bible College (Brunel University) and the Cambridge Certificate in Evangelism. He was then invited to become a trustee and co-leader of Grace Chapel (Church plant of the Brooklyn Tabernacle) between the years of 1994-1998. In 1999, despite reservations about the often liberal bias within modern Methodism, he joined Wesley’s Chapel London and began to preach in various Methodist Circuits in South Wales and London. In 2005 he became an accredited Methodist Local Preacher and was given the Methodist ‘Charge to Preach’ by his minister The Lord Revd. Dr. Leslie Griffiths of Wesley’s Chapel, London.
Following his M.Th. and two years completing Formation in Ministry training at St. Michael’s Anglican College, Llandaff, he entered into full-time Christian ministry being ordained in 2008 by leaders from the International Convention of Faith Ministries (ICFM). Full-time pastoral ministry then started in the North West of England and he was used by God to plant churches in Wales, Canada, and the USA. It was the need to ordain ministers into Pastoral positions that caused Archbishop Steven to first consider accepting the offer of consecration. He was ordained a Priest in the Anglican tradition in 2010 by All Nations Anglican Church and then consecrated as bishop at Word of Life Cathedral in Texas, USA, by All Nations Anglican Church, in 2012.
In 2014 Archbishop Steven’s lines of ordination and consecration in Apostolic Succession were strengthened further being first received as a priest, and then consecrated as bishop, by the Apostolic Pastoral Congress at Manchester Cathedral. (The consecration was in Apostolic Succession, a treasured lineage that dates back to St. Peter).
Archbishop Steven has seen God do many great things and there have often been miracles and several testimonies of these have been featured on front page secular newspaper headlines in Great Britain. He testifies to the need for bible believing Christians to compromise their thinking to the Word of God, rather than compromising the Word of God to the limits of human understanding.
He teaches internationally, including conferences in places such as: Africa, India, Geneva, America, Malta, Pakistan, USA, and Canada. He has authored several books and has broadcast on radio and satellite television via channels such as TBN, the Gospel Channel, Faith World and others.
He is a Chaplain and National Council member of the Order of St. Luke the Physician. This Healing Order was initially established in the USA through the Episcopalian Church in the early 1900’s.
Shortly after Archbishop Steven Evans (Presiding Archbishop of TICCN) met his wife Mikah in San Francisco in 2001, he was sent a biography by a family member of a lady he had not heard of previously named Rosina Davies. He was amazed to find that she was a late 19th and early 20th century evangelist, and a relative of his. He was further surprised to find many similarities between her life and his, for example, they were both evangelists, both singers, both owned property which helped towards funding their ministry work. It was remarkable to think that over hundred years later both he and her had been touring around America preaching in the same locations whilst being based in South Wales. The parallels go on, it was a very interesting discovery.
William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, prophesied to Rosina when she was just a young girl, that she would collect flowers (people) for Jesus. He was right, her life was spent winning souls for the Kingdom, all over the world.
She lived and preached powerfully, ministering at revivals especially in Wales and America. While Evan Roberts was preaching in South Wales during the famous revival of 1904, she was the evangelist at similar revival meetings taking place in North Wales. There were many restrictions on women preachers in those days and so she was featured rather less often in media coverage than her male colleagues. She travelled extensively and was highly influential as an evangelist, the British Prime-minister Lloyd George was the Patron of her evangelistic trust and in Los Angeles she paved the way for others to follow such as Aimee Semple McPherson.