20th January 2022
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.
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.