Who are we?

Celebrating 130 years of Faith, Hope and Charity in Leytonsone, St Andrew’s is a place of friendship and local community and enjoys the rich and more formal catholic liturgy of 2000 years of Christianity. 

It is a place to share difficult questions in preaching and teaching from the Bible rather than easy answers, and we seek to give a warm welcome to all people, irrespective of race, age, gender, physical and mental ability, sexuality, and way of life.

The Church is a grade II listed building designed by the Victorian architect Sir Arthur Blomfield and was built in the late 1880’s. In the 1970’s the west part of the nave was partitioned to provide a church hall, but the east part retains many of its original features and elegance.

Meet the team

Fr Paul Kennington
Parish Priest

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.

Mother Anne MacKenna
Parish Deacon

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.


IanBRosemarieIan Burns & Rosemarie Bettout Churchwardens

Malcolm Aldridge Organist, Director of Music

ValValerie Vivier Hall Bookings Manager

Melanie Lowe
Parish Administrator and Campaign Manager