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12th May 2022

Gospel Fruit

‘The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the world.’ Colossians 1:6

Deb and I are coming to the end of an excellent trip to the USA. This last weekend we were in St Louis, Missouri, with friends Bryan and Rachel Mowrey. Bryan leads Jubilee Church in St Louis and also heads up the Confluence family of churches, which is part of Newfrontiers Apostolic Fellowship. We were last with them three years ago, when I had the privilege of speaking at Confluence’s leadership conference. During that visit Bryan showed us a plot of land which they had just purchased and on which they hoped to build a new venue for one of their sites. In 2019 it was just an empty field. Three years later, that vacant plot has become a fantastic new building. We met there on Friday evening for a celebration evening marking the end of a week of prayer, and it was a joy to see it filled with people worshipping and praying. The site has grown and has already moved to two meetings each Sunday morning. In fact, Jubilee now has six services meeting across four different venues. I preached at four of the services on Sunday and was encouraged to see many responding to the gospel. The gospel is indeed bearing fruit and growing throughout the world!

From St Louis we flew to Dallas, where we were joined by Scott and Claire Marques from Zimbabwe. We then spent a fruitful couple of days with Bryan and the Confluence team where, among other things, we had a helpful discussion around the future foundation of Newfrontiers.

We have had a great couple of weeks here in the USA, but we are looking forward to being back in London this weekend and worshipping at King’s. In fact this Sunday, 15th May, is our Diversity Sunday, when we will be celebrating our racial diversity as a church and reminding ourselves of the kind of church God is calling us to build. We will also be taking the opportunity to issue the results of the Diversity Survey we conducted recently. The service will include various elements that reflect our diversity, and we would love you to come wearing something that reflects your cultural heritage or is perhaps a little smarter than normal. I will probably wear my suit – a rare event these days! I look forward to seeing you there.

Steve Tibbert

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3rd February 2022

An Interview with Dimeji Teibo

Today is the last in a series of blogs introducing you to some of the key leaders from within our black community. Today I’d like to introduce you to Dimeji Teibo, who has recently joined our staff as a Trainee Pastor.

Can you tell us a bit about your background, education and work experience?
I was born and grew up in Nigeria, one of the most diverse countries in Africa with over 250 ethnic groups. I actually grew up in Lagos, a city that is very metropolitan (not unlike London) and is a mixing pot of these different groups.

I am married to my wonderful wife, Sarah. We met and started dating at university. We moved to England about 14 years ago and are blessed with two wonderful daughters, Michelle and Nicolle.

My family attended church in my earlier years but were not necessarily Christians in the true sense of the word. I found Christ personally just before I went to university, and soon after a passion to serve God and His people was ignited in me. I have pursued this passion in different forms, including leading student fellowships and serving on the pastoral staff of a church in East London.

I have a first degree in accounting. In my penultimate year in university, I realised I really did not want a career in that field and went into project management. I worked in different roles in this field starting out in the Project Office and going on to be a Project Manager. I worked in various industries including telecommunications, FMCG, education, the health sector and briefly for National Rail.

I have also run some personal entrepreneurial projects over the years, and I still work on supporting other Christian entrepreneurs.

Most recently, before joining as a staff member at King’s, I was involved in General Practice Management in the health sector.

How long have you been at King’s and in what capacity do you serve?
My family and I have been attending King’s for a little over four years and we have found it to be an amazing time.

I have served as a volunteer in the kids’ ministry for almost as long as I have been in King’s. I have also served on the Alpha courses and The Marriage Course.

I joined the staff at King’s as a Trainee Pastor at the Lee site in September 2021. I work as part of the Lee Team serving the King’s family at this site. Part of my primary role is the leadership of the kids’ work at the Lee site.

What do you like about King’s?
From our first time in King’s what I have loved is the genuine friendliness (I have heard other newcomers express this sentiment). We got sucked in with love and I have found that this is the true culture of the church. We have received cards out of the blue, friendly calls, and visits when going through a tough patch. King’s is not just a church; it is family.

The teaching is also great. It is balanced and quite enlightening. The series system of delivering these teachings is great because this gives enough time to teach on topics, concepts or books of the Bible. It is also delivered in a way that almost everyone can understand, regardless of where they are in their Christian life.

I also love the group system. This I see as a great way to bond with different people in the church. This actually helped me settle in quite quicky as a newcomer, my first groups being football and a group led by Brett Melville.

What are your hopes for our next series around the issue of diversity?
I am hoping that the series will speak into this issue from the Gospel’s perspective. The issue of diversity has been around in different forms for a very long time and the Bible speaks about this. I really am looking forward to this.

I hope by the end of the series we will be able to see how God sees humanity, since He created us diverse.

Thank you Dimeji for taking the time to answer some questions and help us get to know you a bit more. As I have said before, we are truly blessed at King’s to have so many outstanding staff and volunteers willing to give their time, gifts and talents for the benefit of God’s Kingdom.

I hope you have enjoyed it this short series, which I plan to pick up again when we launch our next diversity series, UNDIVIDED, later in the year.

Steve Tibbert

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27th January 2022

An Interview with Ossie Klass

We are part way through a short series of blogs in which I am interviewing a number of key leaders from within our black community and celebrating the skills, talent, faith and hard work they bring to King’s. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Ossie Klass, who is a Trustee and Elder at King’s.

Can you tell us a bit about your background, education and work experience?
I was born and grew up in Guyana, a country on the northern tip of South America. I am the youngest of five children and the only boy. My family moved from the countryside to the capital city Georgetown when I was about five years old. Both of my parents became head teachers, and educational achievement was very important in our household as my parents encouraged us to “do better in life than they did”. As a family we went to church every Sunday and my parents instilled in us a strong work ethic, sense of morality and fair play.

My primary education in Guyana was at a Catholic school and I attended an all-boys secondary school. After leaving school I started studying for my professional accountancy qualifications while working, and later came to England to study for my final examinations. After passing my finals I soon realised that as an immigrant, my earning ability was significantly less than contemporary British-born, newly qualified accountants at that time and that I needed something else to make myself more marketable. I therefore embarked on gaining a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) which revolutionised my thinking about organisations and has helped to open doors to employment opportunities ever since.

I spent my early years in England in Brixton, where the kindness of an aunt who took me into her home helped me to remain in England when I ran out of money. While in Brixton I met my wife Andrea at the local Baptist church I was attending. We have three children and celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary this year.

I have been blessed to have had managerial and financial leadership roles in private accountancy practice, local government, charities and housing organisations over the past 33 years. I am currently the Director of Finance, IT and People of a retirement village in Surrey.

How long have you been at King’s and in what capacity do you serve?
I have attended King’s with my family since 2009, and I have served in the worship and Alpha teams over many years. I also serve as a Trustee and Elder of King’s.

What do you like about King's?
From the very first day I walked into the auditorium at Catford and saw the Guyanese flag hanging on the wall (the flags of many nations represented at King’s hung on the walls in those days), I felt at home and soon realised that I’d come to a church that was diverse and one where everyone was invited. I feel privileged to be part of such a diverse church community.

Also on that first day someone explained to Andrea and me about the children’s work and took our three children off to their various groups. I like the fact that King’s continues to be a warm and welcoming community.

I like the emphasis on being a missional church where the Word and Spirit are held in balance.

What are your hopes for our next series around the issue of diversity?
My hopes for the series are that:

• we would continue to develop as a community at ease with itself and a ‘safe place’ to discuss issues of diversity;

• we would continue to develop Biblical lenses through which we filter the sometimes very complex and highly emotional diversity issues of our day;

• God continues to fill our hearts with a genuine love and acceptance of each other.

Many thanks to Ossie for taking time out of his busy life to answer my questions. In a large multi-site church such as King’s it can be difficult to know all our key leaders and staff, and I hope you are finding this current series helpful and interesting. We are blessed to have so many gifted individuals willing to offer their time and talents to serve us.

Steve Tibbert

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20th January 2022

An Interview with Roberta Walker

We are currently in the middle of a short series of blogs in which I interview some of the key leaders at King’s from within our black community. Today I’d like to introduce you to Roberta Walker, who serves on our board of trustees.

1. Can you tell us a bit about your background, education and work experience?
I am a southeast Londoner born and bred – living in the same borough that I was born in. London has been very good to me! Both of my parents moved to the UK from Jamaica when they were teenagers and built their lives together and had a family in London. As the youngest of three, I have fond memories of singing with my sisters, spending lots of time at church and eating great food.

I have always enjoyed reading and making my point firmly (or “arguing” as my sisters say) so my decision to be a lawyer didn’t surprise my family. I went through school, college and university with a determination to become a human rights barrister but somehow ended up as a finance lawyer. It is a little bit different, but I enjoy what I do, especially now that I have a role that allows me to combine my interests in law, growing a business, developing talent and mentoring people.

I have a passion for photography and justice. In the pre-pandemic world I travelled as much as possible and shared photos of far-flung places. In the past two years I have rediscovered the beauty on my doorstep and in the UK. I desire to see racial justice, and this has impacted my postgraduate studies (focusing on race in the criminal justice system), advocacy in my workplace and heading up an equality and diversity committee for a large UK charity.

2. How long have you been at King’s and in what capacity do you serve?
A little over ten years ago, I was looking for a new church to attend, one that was close enough to walk to and reflected the diversity of the community that I live in. My eldest sister was attending King’s and suggested that I come along. As I walked into the Catford site I got a message from my sister that she was attending the new Lee site that had launched that day. So I kept on walking, took my seat and am very glad that I made that decision.

I have served in various capacities over the years including the children’s ministry and worship team. It has been a privilege to be a trustee since July 2020.

3. What do you like about King’s?
King’s is more than a building with some people in it on a Sunday, but a gathering of believers who really want to do the work of God here on earth on a day to day basis. This is reflected in the way that mission is at the heart of everything that we do – to spread the gospel and bring hope to the hopeless.

One of the things that brings me joy is the way that the diversity of the Kingdom of God is reflected in age, race, social status. I have made deep connections with people at King’s where on paper we have nothing in common, but through Christ we have become family.

4. What are your hopes for our next series around the issue of diversity?
I look forward to building on the work that was done all those years ago in the INVITED series. I hope that people will be challenged in their beliefs and ways of thinking, healed from hurts and open to the radical racial reconciliation that can only come where we allow God to be the centre of this discussion.

Many thanks to Roberta for taking the time to talk to us and help us get to know her a bit more. It really is a privilege to work alongside such highly gifted people who are willing to give their time and talents to serve God’s Kingdom.

I mentioned last week that we have decided to postpone our next series on diversity, UNDIVIDED, until later in the year, by which time we hope that the current number of Covid cases will have decreased significantly. The issue of diversity is so important for us a church, and we believe it would be preferable to run the series at a time when more of us are able to gather in-person. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying our current series, Living Hope, which continues this Sunday.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday, and if you missed last week’s message, you can catch up here.

Steve Tibbert

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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.

As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.

Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.

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