About us:

St John the Evangelist, the church by the roundabout at Waterloo, is an inclusive church. We believe that Jesus calls us to welcome everyone.

In the midst of our (usually) hectic city, we provide sanctuary, contemplation and spiritual enrichment. In the face of social injustice and deep need, we respond with action.

Our worship is in the Anglican catholic tradition. Our congregation is made up of LGBT+ people, married people, single people, children and adults. We also offer a warm welcome to students studying in London. We have people from the UK, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Germany, the USA, Australia, Malaysia and many other places. We are strong supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement and want to be sure that everyone is heard and valued, reflecting God’s love for all.

Through our charity, The Bridge at Waterloo, we provide therapy, counselling, creative activities, employment and resilience training for homeless people, young people and other local people for whom life’s challenges are now even more acute.

We run the annual Waterloo Festival, a fringe of international, national and local creativity. We’re home to the alumni of Southbank Sinfonia, one of the best youth orchestras in the world. We provide meeting and performance space for hundreds of arts groups and charities. Our volunteer gardeners make our Churchyard an oasis of beauty and calm and we are committed to resisting climate change.

During the Second World War, St John’s was devasted by a firebomb. The church underwent a major restoration, reopening as the church of the Festival of Britain in 1951. Now, we have completed another major restoration: we re-opened in October 2022 transformed by a £5.5 million project led by world-famous Eric Parry Architects. As a result, our magnificent Grade II* church is once again bringing people together and ready to serve.

We have a lot going on. If any of it appeals to you, give us a try! Or, if you have any queries about our work and life, contact the Vicar at giles@stjohnswaterloo.org

Revd Canon Giles Goddard

Our people:

A full list of our team members and contact details is available here.

Artistic Director
Outreach and Engagement Officer
Marketing and Events Manager
Bookings Officer
Director of Music (Church)


The Revd Canon Giles Goddard

Assistant Priests:

Georgiana Bell

The Revd Georgie Bell

Godfrey Kaziro

The Revd Godfrey Kaziro

Paul Smedley

The Revd Paul Smedley

Duncan Dormor

The Revd Duncan Dormor

Parochial church council 2024-25:


The Revd Canon Giles Goddard


Elaine Thomas

Church wardens:

Elaine Thomas   2020

Faye Clinch   2021

Elected members:

Robert Smeath (Treasurer)    2021

Pat Thomas (Secretary)    2020

Eileen Hamilton   2023

Lydian Bangi   2023

James Deeny   2023

Andrew Humphreys   2022

Alice Mwanje   2022

Maya Conway   2022

Alice Kawoya   2021

Conny Kaweesa 2024

Liz Clarson 2018

Felicity Amberson Jones 2024

Deanery synod representatives
(three years):

Liz Clarson

Deborah Watkins

Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary (SPA):

Ida Serunjogi

Lay Reader:

Ester Kawoya

Other licensed clergy attending:

The Revd Godfrey Kaziro

Our funders:

We are grateful to the following trusts and foundations, and many individual donors, without whose interest, support and generosity none of our work would be possible. We are especially grateful to The Lovington Foundation for generously funding the creation of this website. 

There are many ways in which organisations and individuals can support our work. Please get in touch with giles@stjohnswaterloo or find out about some of our current campaigns here. Donate here

Annual reports and mission statement:


As a parish community, we work hard to safeguard children and young people, vulnerable adults and those at risk from abusive relationships. We aim to create a safe environment where children and young people are nurtured and protected, and where all people – especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason – are able to worship and pursue their faith journeys with encouragement and in safety. We also aim to offer appropriate care for those who have been abused in the past.


We follow all the relevant national guidelines, as well as Church of England and Diocesan policies and practice. We ensure that those in roles which require it (both volunteers and paid workers) undertake regular and appropriate Safeguarding Training, and that all PCC members are familiar with and supportive of the Diocesan Policy and Practice Guidelines contained in A Safe Church, which is available here.


Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Emmy Callaghan. She can be contacted via safeguarding@stjohnswaterloo.org. In an emergency, Can Giles Goddard can also be contacted for advice and support via giles@stjohnswaterloo.org.


The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Pamela Chisholm, can be reached at pamela.chisholm@southwark.anglican.org or 020 7939 9423.


Our parish policies regarding safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and responding to domestic abuse, are set out below.


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