Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, Episcopal priest, justice entrepreneur, and founder and president of Thistle Farms. Becca experienced the death of her father and subsequent child abuse at a young age, and as an adult she longed to create a sanctuary for survivors.
In 1997, five women who had experienced trafficking, violence, and addiction were the first to enter the Magdalene residential program. Twenty years later, women continue to heal as they are provided with two years of free housing, medical care, therapy and education. Residents and graduates earn income through one of four justice enterprises. Today, the Global Market of Thistle Farms helps employ more than 1,800 women worldwide through 19 global partners, and the Thistle National Network provides support to 50 sister communities in the U.S. modeled on the program.
Becca is a graduate of the University of the South and Vanderbilt Divinity School. She has been conferred three honorary doctorates and has received numerous humanitarian awards including being named a 2011 White House “Champion of Change” and a 2016 CNN Hero.
Becca Stevens and her husband, Grammy-‐winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, live in Nashville with their three sons.
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