Our People

We are an inclusive Church which attracts a range of people from different backgrounds and experiences. Some people have been worshipping at this church for many years and some for just a few weeks, but all find a warm welcome from a caring staff and congregation as we come together under the love and grace of God.

“I have just started coming to St James’ and I like that I can learn about God in a very friendly place. I can just be myself.” – Rosemary

Staff of St James’

Kim5Canon Kim Hitch has been Rector of St James since 1991 and is married with two grown-up children. Kim’s aim is to see the church develop stronger links with the community and for the congregation to grow in numbers and in its knowledge of the love of Christ. He enjoys astronomy and photography.



Keith Sitch is our honorary curate and was a local secondary school teacher. Keith has been attending St James’ since 1977 and maintains our links with local community groups. Keith preaches regularly at St James’. Keith enjoys history, philosophy, theology, art, nature, walking and rambling, music and meeting people.



Richard PhilpotRichard Philpot is a teacher and a Licensed Church of England Reader. He preaches regularly at St James’ and at Messy Church.



Simon Aston - head & shoulders

Simon Aston is our newly-ordained honorary curate and is a secondary school teacher.




Eleanor Watt is commissioned as a Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary (SPA) at St James.

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