Stevens reassures Roxy that strong people can bear to hurt themselves for the good of others.In January 2017, Stevens conducts the joint funeral of Roxy and her sister Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack).
Stevens is shocked and outraged during the funeral when Max delivers a damning eulogy about his father, and tries to get him to stop but Max ignores him. In December 2016, Stevens appears when a nativity play is held at the church, which Lily Branning and Amy perform in.
Stevens greets Lily's mother Stacey Fowler (Lacey Turner) and stepfather Martin Fowler (James Bye) as they arrive at the church to watch the performance.
He is also central to the Get Johnny Week storyline, in which Grant and Phil Mitchell (Ross Kemp and Steve Mc Fadden) attempt to confront Johnny over his past misdemeanours.
But it is his daughter's boyfriend, Sean Slater (Robert Kazinsky), who proves to be Johnny's most serious threat.
A few days later, Dot reveals Rose's colourful past to Stevens.
However, he is intrigued, and he and Rose share a drink at The Queen Victoria public house, as he wants to know more about her life.
In June he conducts the christening at the hospital of Michael and Janine's daughter Scarlett.
In April 2013, Stevens visits Dot to ask why she has not attended Mass on Easter Sunday.
Her friend Fatboy (Ricky Norwood) tells Stevens that Dot is about to lose her home, so Stevens convinces her that she has not sinned in the eyes of God.
He appoints Dot as Church Warden and gets her to raise funds to fix the church roof.
In September 2017, he retires and moves to Australia to live with his daughter and is replaced by Irene Mills (Melanie Kilburn).