6th January 2022
Thank you to all those who took part in our recent diversity survey. We will be reviewing the results in the coming weeks and will use it to help us in our preparation for our new diversity series, UNDIVIDED, which begins after Easter.
Over the next few weeks, I want to profile a number of key leaders from within our black community, and celebrate the skills, talent, faith and hard work they bring to King’s. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Janett Reid, who is our Head of Operations and part of the Senior Leadership Team. I'd like to thank Janett for taking some time out of her very busy life to answer some questions and allow us to get to know her a bit more!
Can you tell us a bit about your background, your family and where you grew up?
Although of African Caribbean heritage, I was born and partly raised in Chorley, Lancashire, in a Christian household. I’m the middle child, in a close-knit family of five. Being sandwiched in the middle was a blessing. I learnt from the wisdom of my elders, acted as a leader to my younger siblings and became more articulate and eloquent in putting my points across to make sure I was heard!
I am married to a wonderful husband called Devon, who supports and encourages me. He is my rock. I’m a mother to three incredible, unique young men. Two have a disability, which they manage in the best way they can. I am also stepmother to five beautiful young women and one very handsome young man. All our children inspire me daily. We are fortunate that our blended family works.
Can you tell us about your education and work experience before joining the King’s team?
I was partially educated in Jamaica. The experience helped me to understand my heritage, develop a strong sense of self value and cultural identity.
The pursuit of knowledge and the value of education was ingrained in me from an early age. Consequently, I have a first class degree in Social Policy, a Diploma Qualification in Social Work (DipSW) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGC.; I am also a Prince 2 certified Project Manager and hold the ILM Level 7 Exec and Snr Coaching Certificate. Finally, I have completed a range of CIPD accredited programmes in Equalities, People Analytics, Leadership and Management.
I worked for the Probation Service for 32 years, initially as a Probation Officer, latterly as a Senior Manager in a variety of roles and settings. As a middle manager I sat on several working parties within the Home Office dealing with issues of race. As a senior manager I lead the team that developed the Occupational Standards for Probation staff nationally. I was seconded to the Government Office London to produce and implement the Reducing Re-Offending Strategy for London.
As an Assistant Chief Officer for London, I led service delivery and frontline operations, and developed policy, strategy, and best practice across five London boroughs, Merton, Sutton, Bromley, Bexley, and Croydon.
My final placement before joining King’s was as Head of Diversity and Community Engagement for the London region. The role enabled me to develop strategic experience, skill, and expertise in tackling disadvantage.
How long have you been at King’s and in what capacity do you serve?
I started attending King’s in May 2010 and joined the staff team in 2017, initially working in the Jericho Road Project as Housing Support and Advice Lead. My job involved giving advice and practical support to people from varied, very often challenging backgrounds.
I moved to my current role as Head of Operations in March 2020 and I’m part of the Senior Leadership Team. My brief involves overseeing the operational and administrative functions of the church to ensure they work to support the Church’s overall vision. The work of my team is varied and involves strategic policy development and implementation, business process improvement, staff management and development, coordinating activities, building management, and completing risk and other assessments.
Since joining King’s I have also been part of a number of serving teams such as King’s Kids, Alpha, New Life and Freedom in Christ. I have also led several groups. In September I stepped back from serving for a season but have stepped in to help when needed. I aim to join the Welcome Team this year.
What do you like about King’s?
One of the things that attracted me to King’s was the excellent Biblical teaching, which is clear, uncompromising, and full of examples, illustrations and analogies that expand the passage so that everyone ‘gets it’.
I love our big heart for the poor. We are a generous church and the love and care shown for the poor is penetrating. This was clearly visible during lockdown with The Hope Initiative and food delivery project.
I also value the integrity, accountability and transparency in stewarding and caring for all the resources that God has bestowed on us.
Finally, I particularly appreciate our efforts to be more inclusive, our willingness to be vulnerable and engage from a Biblical perspective with difficult issues such as race, sexuality and discrimination.
As you know, our latest series around the issue of diversity starts after Easter. What are your hopes for this series?
That we are all motivated at the end of the series to work more intentionally to honour, appreciate and embrace the rich diversity of God’s people, so that God’s will, not ours is done!
UNDIVIDED, our latest diversity series, begins after Easter. Before that, we’ll be starting 2022 with a series called LIVING HOPE – Unbreakable Promises from 1 Peter. I do hope you can join us.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
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.