Who we are

At St Andrew’s we pride ourselves in preaching and teaching from the Bible which is open, inclusive and generous and in the rich catholic liturgy of 2000 years of Christianity. This is a place to share difficult questions rather than easy answers. Come, share the discovery.

St Andrew’s is a Christian Church in the liberal Catholic tradition of the Church of England. We are generously orthodox in faith, community and justice orientated in outlook and we enjoy the rich symbolism of traditional liturgy in worship. We seek to give a warm welcome to all people, irrespective of race, age, gender, physical ability, way of life or sexual orientation. We are an inclusive church.

Meet the team

Fr Paul Kennington Associate Priest for St Andrews

Fr Paul was born in Leeds, W.Yorkshire. In 1985 he graduated in French and Russian at Durham University, after which he went to St Stephen’s House, Oxford to study for a B.A in Theology. He graduated in 1988 and was awarded his Oxford M.A. in 1992.

Ordained deacon in 1988 and priest in 1989 in the diocese of Oxford, Fr Paul served his curacy at St Andrew’s, Headington in Oxford. In 1991 he moved to the parish of St Clement in East Dulwich in the diocese of Southwark where he served at St Peter’s, Dulwich, a local ecumenical project with the Roman Catholic Benedictine Community of Worth Abbey. In 1994 he was appointed team vicar at All Saints, in the Mortlake and East Sheen Team Ministry, and in 2001 he took up the post of vicar of St Mary’s Battersea before moving to Montreal in 2010 to be Dean of Montreal and rector of Christ Church Cathedral in the Anglican Church of Canada.

Paul describes himself as being liberal in ethics, evangelical in preaching, catholic in liturgy, and orthodox in his understanding of Trinitarian theology and Christology. He is passionate about liturgy and mission and about helping people to grow in their faith, so that the Christian community can more fully participate in God’s reign of love, justice and peace, loving God ever more fervently with the best they can offer, and serving their neighbours ever more generously and sacrificially.

Paul lives with his civil-partner Jonathan. He has three adult children, Timothy, Marie-Caroline and Philippa, from a previous marriage.


Fr Paul Trathen Priest in Charge of the Parish

For five years Fr Paul has combined the roles of Vicar of St Peter­-in-the-­Forest and Chaplain of Forest School (a role combining planning roles with teaching, alongside the distinctive public ministry of a priest amidst 1400 young people).

Prior to his work as a priest, Fr Paul taught at Leeds College of Art & Design, England’s leading FE/HE specialist Art & Design college. There, he was simultaneously Head of the college’s A Level Programme and Lead Tutor for Media, Film, and Cultural Studies, teaching at A Level and BA Level.

 


IanBRosemarie Ian Burns & Rosemarie Bettout Churchwardens

 

 

 


Malcolm AldridgeOrganist, Director of Music


ValValerie VivierHall Bookings Manager