Ewing C Stevens
After schooldays in Southland, Ewing became an apprentice with Pollok's Pharmacy in Invercargill, his birthplace. Ever since then he has had an interest in health.
His career in pharmacy was interrupted by five years recovering from Tuberculosis in Waipiata Sanatorium in Central Otago. While he was recovering he trained as a TB nurse, and decided that when he was well again he would train for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. This he did at Knox Theological College in Dunedin after achieving his BA at Otago Universitym and it was here that he received his Dip Theology degree.
It was while he was training for the ministry that he began his radio broadcasting experience in 1956 with 4XD Dunedin.
He later served as a media officer for the Church and continued with casual on-air work with 4XD, 4ZB and with YA’s Morning Comment programmes.
While serving as a minister of the Wakari Union Parish in 1972, he was invited to broadcast as a talkback host with 4XO for three one hour sessions a week in those pioneering days of current affairs talkback.
In 1972 Ewing was awarded the M.B.E. for his work with youth in Dunedin.
In 1977 he was transferred to Auckland to become Editor of the Methodist Church’s national weekly newspaper , the “New Citizen”. At the same time, he broadcast one night a week on Radio I.
In 1979 he joined Radio Pacific (now called Radio Live) as a talkback host at the foundation of that station, and for seven years Ewing hosted Radio Pacific’s midday consumer HELP-LINE show. Since 1989 he has been Radio Live's top rating night host, filling the wee small hours from Midnight to 6am.
Ewing also served as a Manukau City Councillor for twelve years, 1986-1998
Ewing’s previous books include “Striking Rock Bottom”, “Sermons on the Apostles’ Creed”, “Sunday Alive”, “Who was Jesus?”, and a series of children’s photo essays, “Jillian goes to School”, “ Fiona Goes to Hospital”, “Carolyn’s Mother has a Baby”, and “Tam Goes Fishing in New Zealand”.
In 1993 the first “Ewing’s Phone People” was published, and 17,000 copies were sold through Radio Pacific. “Ewing’s Phone People” 2, 3, 4 and 5, 6, 7, 8 9 and 10 have followed with total sales of over 100,000. In his time as a radio talk back host he has had published his biography “One Man's Journey”, “A Likeable Rogue” about the prison life of a radio-caller, and most recently “Better than Boot Camp” about his youth work in Dunedin in the 1970's.
Ewing is married to Annette with four grown up children. They have two granddaughters Jana and Sienna and a grandson, Billy..
Ewing and Annette now live at Onetangi on Waiheke Island. He also regularly visits his vineyard in Central Otago and on those occasions he broadcasts from Radio Live's Alexandra studio.
A Follower of Jesus: From alpha to omega in faith
By Ewing C Stevens
Published: September 14, 2011.
A religious biography of a minister of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand. He traces the stages of his religious development from childhood to age 84. The Rev. Ewing C Stevens examines the changes in his faith at different ages and through his experiences of sickness, marriage, family deaths, and 55 years in radio broadcasting. He asks how a Christian can define himself in the 21st Century.
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