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Area Mission Teams

Woolwich Area Mission Team

Woolwich Area Mission Team office

Trinity House
4 Chapel Court
Borough High Street
London SE1 1HW

Tel: 020 7939 9400
Fax: 020 7939 9465
General e-mail:

Who we are

The Woolwich Area Mission Team (WAMT) is a multidisciplinary group of five, headed by the Area Bishop of Woolwich, with the two Archdeacons, an Adviser and two PAs.

We work closely together and meet regularly to spend time together as a team and discuss areas of mutual concern.

The Parish Development Adviser is accountable jointly to the Woolwich Area Mission Team and to the Diocesan board of their field.

What we stand for

Members of the Area Mission Team, believing that all people are made in the image and likeness of God and equally loved by him, make a commitment to social and racial justice, caring, evangelism, participation, partnership and integration, in sharing the good news in our urban setting.

We commit ourselves to be an integrated and co-ordinated resource team, available to encourage and help in parochial ministry, through offering expertise, experience, training and resource materials and time. We commit ourselves to work collaboratively with other agencies and denominations, at all area levels from parish to borough and beyond.

Where to find us

We are based on the first floor of Trinity House. Alongside our office, the Stricklen Room (dedicated to a former member of our team who strongly influenced its development) is available for bookings for Area events and meetings, and houses the Woolwich Episcopal Area Resource Exchange.

Who's who on the Team?

Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave

The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave

Bishop of Woolwich

Bishop Michael was consecrated at Southwark Cathedral on Thursday 21 March 2012 and was welcomed into his Episcopal Area on 29 April. Read his sermon here.

Bishop Michael is already familiar to many in the Diocese having been Archdeacon of Southwark since 2004 and Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral since 2010.

Tel: 020 7939 9400
Fax: 020 7939 9465

E-mail Bishop Michael

Read full biography

Maggie Elkin

Maggie Elkin

Maggie Elkin

PA to the Bishop of Woolwich

Tel: 020 7939 9405
Fax: 020 7939 9465

E-mail Maggie Elkin

Maggie enjoys the challenges of dealing with enquiries and helping out wherever she can, and sees them as a way of broadening her own experiences. Within her own parish, she tries to fight the corner of teenagers, aiming to keep in touch so they know they are always welcome.

The Venerable Alastair Cutting

The Venerable Alastair Cutting

Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich

Tel: 020 7939 9408
Fax: 020 7939 9465

E-mail Alastair Cutting

Read full biography

The Venerable Dr Jane Steen

The Venerable Dr Jane Steen

Archdeacon of Southwark

Tel: 020 7939 9409
Fax: 020 7939 9465

E-mail Jane Steen

Read full biography.

Jenni Hewitt

PA to the Archdeacons

Tel: 020 7939 9413
Fax: 020 7939 9465

E-mail Jenni Hewitt

Area Environment Adviser

Abigail Kingston

Child Protection

Kate Singleton

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Tel: 020 7939 9423
Mobile: 07982 279713


E-mail Kate Singleton

Anglican Ecumenical Borough Deans

Southwark Borough - The Revd Paul Collier

Lewisham Borough - The Venerable Alastair Cutting

Greenwich Borough - The Revd Jim Bryson

Woolwich Episcopal Area Resource Exchange

The Resource Exchange is available to resource your church in several different ways:

  • Printed and multi-media materials available for reference or on loan
  • A database of information on other sources both local and national
  • A central point for exchanging information between parishes - advice, materials, people resources, recommendations etc

Categories include: group study materials, pastoral issues, children's activities, youth work, worship materials, videos & DVDs, fundraising, teamwork, new models of being church, conflict resolution, training, community projects and many more...

Zimbabwe Link


The Woolwich Area is twinned with Manicaland, the eastern diocese in Zimbabwe.

The Bishop of Manicaland, Bishop Erick Ruwona, was enthroned in 2015 and Bishop Christopher Chessun and others represented Southwark Diocese and the Woolwich Episcopal Area at the service.

A large part of the diocese (which is nearly half the size of England) is rural and many of the clergy are serving several churches which are dispersed over wide areas under tremendous difficulties with the present challenging situation in Zimbabwe. We pray for better times, for an end to the cholera epidemic, for a fair distribution of food and clean water to all people, for the re-establishment of hospitals and schools.

Contact Person: The Venerable Alastair Cutting - 020 7939 9400

Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (MEAC)

When the Diocesan Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns Committee was established it was determined that issues affecting race relations at Episcopal Area level were vitally important and that a local presence should be maintained. The Woolwich Area responded to this challenge by launching a small group to monitor such issues within the area. The Woolwich Area group has the following aims and objectives:

  • To assist with and oversee the implementation of the 'Institutional Racism Report' in the area - the report expects each and every department and institution in parishes and deaneries to take initiative in implementing those parts of the report that concern them.
  • To identify local issues that need to be addressed and initiate action with assistance from the Diocesan MEAC.
  • To help publicise the Diocesan wide empowerment programmes and increase participation of minority ethnic Anglicans within these programmes. These include Racial Justice Sunday, Black and Minority Ethnic Forum's annual conference, Summer Youth Conference, Vocations Road Shows and work with young people.
  • To identify areas of limited participation of minority ethnic Anglicans in the life of the Church.

For further information, contact:
The Revd Stanley Njoka, Chair, Woolwich Area MEACC


Vocations Advisers


Rev Bernard Schunemann

Lewisham & Greenwich

Rev Alison Peberdy