Becca Stevens

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The Rev. Becca Stevens is one of the premiere preachers and speakers in the United States, proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change. She is an Episcopal priest serving as Chaplain at St. Augustine's Chapel at Vanderbilt University, and founder of Magdalene, residential communities of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.  In 2001, Stevens founded Thistle Farms, which currently employs nearly 50 Magdalene residents and graduates and houses a natural body care line, a paper and sewing studio, and the Thistle Stop Café. She demonstrates that love is good business and raises millions of dollars annually for the organizations she supports in the United States and internationally. Stevens is a prolific writer, authoring over nine books, and has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN, and Southern Living.  She was named by the White House in 2011 as one of 15 Champions of Change: Working to End Domestic Violence.  Stevens was recently named 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America, has been inducted into the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South.  In October 2013, Stevens launched the first Thistle Farms national conference, welcoming attendees from over 30 states. Her newest book, "The Way of Tea & Justice: Rescuing the World's Favorite Beverage from its Violent History," will be released in 2014. Stevens lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.