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 London. We have grown to become the multisite church that we are today, with two physical sites in Balham and Battersea, and an Online site.

We are a community passionately pursuing God’s heart for our city through our ordinary everyday lives. We are Vineyard 61 Church, on mission to be a reflection of the heart and mind of God for a city in need of good news.

What Is A Multisite Church?

A multisite church is one church that meets in multiple locations across a region or city. This is different to a church plant, where a new church is planted from an existing church and has its own leadership, vision and values. Instead, we will remain as one church with the same leadership and DNA across all our locations. As one church, each of the congregations look and feel like V61. The worship, teaching, kids ministry, youth, students, coffee, pastries, pizza, compassion ministries and all those other familiar things are the same.

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, setup teams and many other areas. 

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.

Our Team

We employ a growing staff team and are further supported by an incredible volunteer ministry leaders and their respective teams.

Steve and Viv Bateman

Lead Pastors

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.


Lucy Gibson

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.


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

Operations Pastor

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 Firth

Comms Manager & Student Pastor

Josie oversees communications with church members, with a focus on welcoming newcomers and students. She helps people get plugged into the community life of V61. She also loves leading and supporting our amazing students and helping them to get connected. Josie is also a ChurchSuite legend!


Kristen Keagy

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.


James Melachrino

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!


Where To Find Us

Balham Site

Battersea Site

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