Our Founder

Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, and the founder and president of Thistle Farms.

Champion of Change

Becca's hope for a global movement for women’s freedom began with Thistle Farms’ first residential home. 

After experiencing the death of her father and subsequent child abuse when she was 5, Becca longed to open a sanctuary for survivors offering a loving community. 

In 1997, five women who had experienced trafficking, violence, and addiction were welcomed home. 

Thistle Farms’ first house was just the beginning.

She balances the practical and poetic with  an inspirational voice in the huge choir of people championing the work for a more loving, compassionate, and just world.   

Fearless of the exponential growth of her work, she challenges social norms and inspires women to step up for each other - with grace, generosity, vitality, spirit, and love. 

A graduate of the University of the South and Vanderbilt Divinity School, Becca has been conferred four honorary doctorates.

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Justice Warrior

Becca has founded 8 justice organizations and enterprises that have raised $55M+ in private funds.

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Avid Writer

Becca has written 11 books, including her most recent, Practically Divine.

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Truth Speaker

Her joy is to inspire mission, compassion, and action by speaking to non-profit, religious, and business audiences.

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Inspire. Entertain. Motivate.

Drawn from 25 years of leadership in mission-driven work, the courageous stories of women survivors, and wisdom from nature and healing traditions, Becca inspires audiences with practical and loving steps to inspire change in individuals and communities.