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About us


St John the Evangelist, the church by the roundabout at Waterloo, tries to be 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 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 1824 church underwent a major restoration, reopening as the church of the Festival of Britain. Now, we’re planning another major restoration, this time with emphasis on our vast but semi-derelict crypt. Carefully restored, our magnificent Grade II* church will serve even better to bring people together.

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@stjohsnwaterloo.org

Revd. Canon Giles Goddard


“St John’s is the kind of church I think Jesus would be at home in.”

A member of the congregation on discovering St John’s.




The Revd Canon Giles Goddard

Giles’s book, Space for Grace – creating inclusive churches – was published by Canterbury Press in November 2008. He is an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, a member of the Church of England's Environment Group, a leading member of the Church’s Living in Love and Faith project, and a member of General Synod.

He set up InSpire, a centre for learning, arts and community at St Peter’s, Walworth, and has degrees in theology from Cambridge University and King’s College London. Before ordination he was Director of a housing association in South London.


Assistant Priests

The Revd Georgie Bell

The Revd Canon Duncan Dormor 

The Revd Godfrey Kaziro

The Revd Paul Smedley


Safeguarding Officers

Ester Kawoya

Terry McLeman 





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

Terry McLeman  (Deputy Warden)           2021

Ken Hamilton                                                         2020

Philippa Owen                                                        2020

Declan Dunford-Crozier                                  2020

Sean Galpin                                                               2021

Peter Omoghene-Osario                                  2021

Alice Kawoya                                                           2021 

Jacek Borek                                                              2021 

Connie Kaweesa                                                    2021


Deanery synod representatives (three years)

Deborah Watkins

Liz Clarson 


Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary (SPA)                

Ida Serunjogi                            
Lay Reader                                

Ester Kawoya


Other licensed clergy attending                            

The Revd Godfrey Kaziro                        

The Revd Lisa Bewick               


Enabling Committee

The Revd Canon Giles Goddard (Incumbent)

Elaine Thomas (Churchwarden)

Faye Clinach (Churchwarden)

Robert Smeath (Treasurer)

Pat Thomas (Secretary)

Joao Simoes Brown (Chair, Environment and Social Justice Cttee)

Lizzie Peasley (Chair, Hospitality Cttee) 

Deborah Watkins (Chair, Finance Cttee) 

Liz Clarson (Chair, Column Inches) 



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