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
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.
Mother Anne MacKenna
Anne lives in Wanstead and is familiar with the area. She and her siblings went to Wanstead C of E primary school and Anne’s parents have been living in the same house in Wanstead since 1961. She has just been ordained as a Deacon and is excited about serving her curacy at St Andrew’s, Leytonstone, close to Whipps Cross Hospital where she is a member of the Chaplaincy Team.
Ian Burns & Rosemarie Bettout Churchwardens
Malcolm Aldridge Organist, Director of Music
Valerie Vivier Hall Bookings Manager