Being a leader sometimes means feeling unsure of the path, says the leader of Thistle Farms and the Magdalene community, two Christian institutions that are helping women recover from prostitution.
Priest and founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms
The Rev. Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest serving as chaplain at St. Augustine's Episcopal Chapel at Vanderbilt University. She is founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise for women recovering from trafficking, prostitution, addiction and life on the streets. Magdalene is a residential program that serves women for two years at no cost. Thistle Farms employs more than 40 residents and graduates who manufacture, market and sell all-natural bath and beauty products. In 2011, Stevens was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons. Her blog is available at beccastevens.org.
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