John Stevenson is a retired Church of Scotland minister. He was awarded a PhD was by the University of Edinburgh in 2005. As a minister he served in three parishes before being appointed as General Secretary in the Church's Department of Education, which is responsible for the Church's interest in state education and religious education in schools. He has been chairman of the Association for the Teaching of Religious Education in Scotland (ATRES) and of the Religious Education Movement in Scotland. For a number of years Stevenson represented the Church of Scotland on the European Forum for the Teaching of Religious Education (EFTRE) and on the Scottish Inter Faith Association and on the UK Council of Christians and Jews. In 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Educational Institute of Scotland (FEIS) for his services to school education.