Our Story So Far
Our journey began in 2015 with a small group of people meeting in a home with a vision to build a church that would bring life to Balham and Beyond. That small group launched a Job Club and various compassion ministries as Balham Vineyard Church and we have grown to become the church that we are today.
We continue to be a community who carry that vision and are passionately pursuing God’s heart for our city through our ordinary everyday lives. In the summer of 2018 God led us to create a new chapter at Balham Vineyard, to expand and extend God’s Kingdom in multiple locations and to partner with Him in restoring our city. We are now Vineyard 61 Church, a reflection of the heart and mind of God for a city in need of good news.
What Is A Multisite Church and Why Are We One?
A multisite church is one church that meets in multiple locations across a region or city. This is different
For us to be one church in two locations, with the same content, quality and feel, more of us will have the opportunity to lead, serve and become part of the family. We love that everyone has the chance to get involved, so we’re always including more people into our bands, tech, kids, coordinators, hospitality,
Whether this is your first time visiting or you’ve been part of our community for years, the invitation is to find which of our locations God is calling you to.
Read about the vision, values and practicalities of going multi-site.
Our Vision & Values
We are a people who are together bringing life to our city and communities, that seeks to help people find and follow Jesus, be empowered by the Holy Spirit, connect and worship God together. We do this by being a compassionate church, as we live on a mission to serve our communities and to show and tell thousands about the love and power of God.
We are part of a growing movement of vineyard churches, built on God’s transforming word, who worship God with passion, intimacy and expectation. We are God’s children, empowered by his Spirit, extending his Kingdom together, everywhere in every way. We will serve people, especially the poor and vulnerable, and communicate the goodness of Jesus with compassion and generosity. We will make disciples, develop leaders, plant churches, and contribute to the blessing of the whole Body of Christ.
We employ a growing staff team and are further supported by an incredible volunteer ministry leaders and their respective teams.
Steve and Viv Bateman
Steve & Viv love laughter and family. They have been married since 1996 and have two amazing kids, Abbie and Sam. Since before planting the church in 2015, their passion has been to see Jesus transform people and see the expansion of the Kingdom of God in London and beyond.
Georgia oversees our small groups, courses, conferences, events and relationship ministries and brings pastoral support to V61. She brings life, passion and excellence in all she does. She is an incredibly gifted speaker and storyteller and is set on seeing Jesus’ freedom released in people.
Elias and Holly Bertolini
Battersea Site Pastors (p/t)
Holly & Elias with a launch team of 25 brave V61 members, launched our Battersea Site in January 2019. Their heart is to lead and pastor with love and passion for others to meet and develop a relationship with Jesus. Holly is also an art therapist and Elias a film producer and director.
Stephen Peter Rowe
SP makes things run smoothly. He is passionate about developing people, places and cultures of worship and looks after all of our awesome teams, multi-site, midweek and Sunday operations. He keeps things moving with ‘safe’ words when staff meetings run too long. #aardvark
Josie oversees communications with church members, with a focus on welcoming newcomers and students. She runs Student Cafe every Tuesday to bless the students of St. George’s. Josie loves helping people get plugged into the community life of V61.
HR & Finance Manager
Lucy manages V61’s finances. She also does an incredible job of looking after our staff team. Lucy is the bean counter, people championier, policy creator, process and compliance improver, and all round administration legend! Her favourite bit of the role is helping to manage V61’s Emergency Compassion Fund.
Compassion Manager (p/t)
Kristen just gets things done. She is the amazing leader and communicator, who oversees all of our brilliant compassion ministries as well as the project volunteers. She loves helping people and leading them to Jesus through practical action, encouragement and generosity.
Youth & Outreach Pastor
Jonny is an incredible evangelist and youth worker. He oversees our youth ministry and is our Safeguarding Officer. He also spends time on the streets of Battersea and Balham sharing about the love of Jesus and praying for others. You will meet no one more bold than Jonny.
Worship Pastor (p/t)
James loves seeking God’s heart for worship and empowering other people to do the same. He is deeply passionate about God’s presence and creating a culture of worship that inspires hunger and adoration for God. Along with his wife Lauren, he oversees our incredible worship team, and coordinates our worship circle and worship training events. James is a champion of others and an amazing leader!