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 lead 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. 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 are missionaries in London and have been members of V61 since 2016. With a team of 25 brave members, they dreamed and 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.
Stephen Peter Rowe
SP makes everything run smoothly. He looks after all of our awesome teams, multi-site, midweek and Sunday operations and has ‘safe’ words when staff meetings are going on too long. #aardvark
Office Manager (p/t)
Georgie is our church finance, administration, and office manager and has pioneering our new CAP Life Skills compassion project. She is the definition of a good friend and is always super positive. She is also a future winner of The Great British Bake off (or could be).
Compassion Manager (p/t)
Kristen just gets things done. She is the amazing leader who oversees all of our 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 (p/t)
Jonny is an incredible evangelist and youth worker. He oversees our youth ministry and also spending 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.
Youth &Kids Church Administrator (p/t)
Rebeka and her family have been a members of V61 almost since the start. She heads up our Kid’s Church at both sites – preparing programmes every week, providing fun for the kids while they learn about Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit.