At Putney we are lucky enough to have two ministers:
Rev'd Geoffrey Farrar is a presbyter, and has pastoral responsibility for our church, and the nearby Methodist churches at Barnes and Roehampton. These are all part of the Richmond & Hounslow Circuit. Before coming to us, he served in Watford and Bushey in the West Hertfordshire & Borders Circuit of the Methodist Church. He trained at Wesley House in Cambridge and was ordained in 2012. Before this he was a civil servant, working at the House of Commons, and an English teacher in Poland and China. He entered into a civil partnership in 2011, and both he and his partner are really enjoying getting to know Putney.
Deacon Kathy Johnson is a deacon within the Methodist Church, and works with our church in Putney and at nearby Roehampton. This is her first appointment, which is based on the Alton Estate in Roehampton. As a member of the Methodist Diaconal Order, she lives by a Rule of Life that guides her in both devotional life and in discipline. The word “deacon” comes from the Greek diakonos, which means servant and describes an office that developed in the early church. Nowadays, deacons are described as being between church and community, holding the door open for the world to enter and for the church to venture out.
Kathy is originally from the suburbs of North West London, but has lived in various parts of the country throughout her married life. She and her husband have two grown up girls, one living nearby and one in the West Country. It is a great joy for her to be able to meet up with them on her days off.
Katharine Phillips joined the Circuit in September, 2021 our new Children’s Youth and Family Worker (CYFW). She will primarily be based at Putney and Roehampton, where she will help lead a range of work with young people. Katharine writes about herself:
"Church has always been the axis of my life. I grew up in the Anglican Church of Canada and learned much about myself and my relationship with God by participating as a server, a chorister and a Youth Rep to Synod. As a young adult, I chose to join the United Church of Canada, drawn to its focus on local and global mission, and served on the Mission & Service Committee while leading choral music and working with the Church School. My working life to date has been almost exclusively in the Church taking roles as Youth Worker, Choir Director and Administrator in churches in Canada, the US and the UK. As I’m British by birth and also hold Canadian citizenship, it has been my privilege to travel and work in a variety of cultures and communities. I’m looking forward to meeting people in the churches, schools and neighbourhoods of Putney and Roehampton and seeing what we can do together to celebrate God’s love!"
We pray that God will bless Katharine's work with us and in our community.