Revd Canon Dr. Rosemarie Mallett    -    Revd Jessie Anand    -    Father Peter Milligan

Revd Canon Dr. Rosemarie Mallett is our Vicar.

Canon Rosemarie Mallett has been at our church since December 2007. She has lived in the UK most of her life, after moving here from Barbados as a child.  As an adult she lived for substantial periods in West and East Africa as well as back in Barbados.  In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Sussex University and a doctorate in Sociology from Warwick University, Rosemarie has a diploma in Theology from Canterbury Christ Church University.

About me:

Born in Barbados, I have travelled many routes to arrive as an urban parish priest in London. I started out as a historian of the Caribbean, Africa & black Britain, then moved on, first to Africa and then home to the Caribbean, to work as a development sociologist. In 1991 it was all change as I moved to London to start my PhD, and work as a senior medical sociologist and ethno-cultural mental health research scientist. Through community activism and church engagement I somehow found the path from academia to ministry and motherhood, becoming a parish priest and mother of one daughter.

I am very engaged in church and community development locally and nationally, dealing with issues of justice and equity for women and minority ethnic people in church and outside.



Revd Jessie Anand serves as a part time Stipendiary Assistant Priest.


Revd Jessie Anand joined the Church at the end of 2015. She is involved in the day-to-day responsibilities of the church and assisting in the pastoral care of the sick and housebound.

Red Jessie Anand comes from South India, and holds bachelor’s degrees in Science, in Education, and in Divinity, and a master’s degree in Sociology. After moving to the UK in 1991, she has studied for a postgraduate diploma in publishing at Watford, Counselling Skills at Leicester, and gained a Master’s degree in Theology and Development from New College, Edinburgh University. She has worked in the UK as an Asylum Support Officer, Ecumenical Mission Development Worker and Regional Desk Officer for Asia. Before joining the Southwark diocese, Revd Jessie Anand worked as a Priest in the Leicester diocese.


Father Peter Milligan serves as an Assistant Priest.

Father Peter Milligan has been at St John’s since 2006.  He is a self-supporting minister and helps lead the liturgical ministry of the church.  That means he is mainly responsible for putting together the weekly services and the annual round of seasonal worship.  He is also responsible for the team that lead daily public prayer in the church Monday to Thursday. 

Father Peter is an East Londoner and studied Mathematics (BSc) and Statistics (MSc) at Sheffield University.   Until his retirement from secular employment in 2013 he worked as a Statistician supporting scientific research at King’s College London.

Hannah Abiri is our parish Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary.

Hannah Abiri is involved in leading the care of wellbeing of parishioners and coordinates the visiting team.


Angela Sherridan is our parish Midwife. 

Angela is a specialist midwife who leads the parish midwife BabyTalk team. She is part of the leadership team of the church, working particularly with mums and babies, and co-ordinates the work of the volunteers in the BabyTalk team.


The Parochial Church Council: The PCC

The role of the Parochial Church Council is to provide an official elected team that shares leadership and decision making responsibility for the parish with its incumbent. Together, they co-operate to promote and provide leadership of the whole mission of the Church in prayer, in sharing the Good News of Christ, in welcoming and inviting people to share in God’s saving love for all, in helping those in need, especially disadvantaged members of society and in encouraging fruitful relationships with the local parish school and with other Christian denominations.

PCC Members

Church Warden:     Edna Mathema

Secretary:     Belinda Essel

Treasurer:     Eric Damah

Gift Aid Secretary:     Joel Omishola

Social Secretary:     Ernest Atiemo

Electoral Roll Officer:     Peter James Cobbold

Deanery Synod Representatives:     Ifeoma Ekwueme & Clare Neely

Safeguarding Officer:     Maria McBean and Hanna Abiri

SPA:    Hannah Abiri

Ordinary Members:      Ernestina Bangura, Claudette Jaggon, Michael Ansu Gyeabour

Youth Leaders

St. John’s Church has pioneered a Youth Warden scheme over the past 5 years. We firmly believe that when young people actively participate in leadership roles, and their ideas and opinions are listened to and valued, they will feel respected and encouraged to make further contributions. The benefits to the church and to the young people include increased and improved communication skills, greater commitment to the church from the Wardens and other young people, positive influences on the church’s social environment and strengthened church spirit.

 For more information on a youth warden's duties and code of conduct please click here.

Our current Youth Wardens are George Haffner and Mojola Babalola.