Our People


Here at Streatham Baptist Church (SBC) we are led by our Ministerial Team who are Chris Andre-Watson (Interim Minister), Nathan McGuire and Rachel Waitt, our Joint Associate Ministers. Working with our children and young people are Esther Bee (Children) and Neil Charlton (Youth). These individuals are supported by our dedicated office team and our gifted volunteers.

The Leadership Team is made up of members of the church who meet to pray and seek God’s vision for the church. It currently consists of Chris, Nathan and Rachel, along with Frank Awuku, Jenny Dowlen (Treasurer), Nina Gonzalez-Lopes, Laura Lock and Jackie Ritter.

Our Leadership Team


Rev. Chris Andre-Watson

Interim Minister

Chris began his career in 1984 as a local newspaper reporter in East London at the age of 19 before being called to Baptist ministry. After training at Spurgeon’s College in South London he began his first ministry at Brixton Baptist Church and followed this as London Regional Coordinator for BMS World Mission. In 2015 Chris began ministry at Clapham Baptist Church and also developed a role as a transitional minister, assisting churches such as SBC in pastoral vacancy. He has been married for 30 years to Pat, headteacher of a local primary school and has two teenage children. Hobbies including music sports and reading.

Email: info@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 (ext 205) | Mobile: 07462079382


Rev. Nathan McGuire

Associate Minister

Nathan has been serving as Associate Minister at Streatham Baptist Church since 2017. Nathan recognises the value that Jesus places upon the individual and he passionately desires to be an authentic embodiment of the heart of Jesus in his daily life. Over the past 10 years, he has sought to amplify the voice of the marginalised and to fight against injustice in the UK and around the world. Nathan is a creative at his core and loves to take his canon camera on hikes and retreats.

Email: nmcguire@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 (ext 211)


Rachel Waitt

Associate Minister

Rachel is one of our Associate Ministers and a part-time student at Spurgeon’s College. She is married and has two children. She has lived in South London since 2000 when she came here as a young teacher and has been part of the congregation of Streatham Baptist Church since then. Rachel has been part of the staff team since 2017. She has a heart for local mission and discipleship- sharing the love and good news of Jesus through relationships and social action. She loves spending time with family and friends and putting the world to rights over cups of tea.

Email: rwaitt@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 (ext 204) | Mobile: 07947936593


Jenny Dowlen

Church Treasurer & Leader

Jenny has been a member of Streatham Baptist Church since 1976. Over the years she has served the church (and other Christian organisations) in a wide variety of roles, including many years as House Group Leader, Church Catering Manager and a previous period as Church Treasurer. She believes that God has called her to use His gifts to serve His people, who deserve high-quality service, which is lovingly organised, mission-enabling and glorifying to God. Other interests include good food, walking and crosswords.

Email: jdowlen@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 

Nina Gonzalez-Lopes


I moved to Lewin with my family after finishing my Bachelor of Theology degree at Spurgeons in 2011. Prior to SBC I was involved in a Latin-American church where together with my husband we were co-pastoring the Spanish speaking congregation as well as been involved with the discipleship and pastoral care department of the Portuguese speaking church. My passion is to see people to grow and mature in their relationship with God, leading them to be living witness of Jesus in their life’s journey. I love running, as it connects me more to God, and also a good Brazilian coffee.

Email: ngonzalez@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 

Jackie Ritter


A SBC member since 1991, after returning from working in Nigeria with Tearfund, Jackie has been a church leader since 2009. Her current leadership portfolios are Safeguarding, HR, International Mission and membership of the Risk Management Strategy Group. A Streatham GP since 1993, she brings a wide life experience to her leadership role. Having held a number of church roles, she currently supports her husband Richard to lead a Life and Pastoral Care Group.

Jackie’s desire is to see people reach their full potential in God, living active discipled lives. Her hobbies are complicates knitting, detective/mystery programmes and music..

Email: jritter@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 

Laura Lock


Laura is a retired mental health Occupational Therapist with experience in NHS senior management and leading an award-winning national special interest group. She joined SBC in 1986 following three years in YWAM where she led a mobile theatre outreach in UK and abroad. She’s led a homegroup, youth group, pub outreach, church survey, trained LifeGroup and other leaders and helped with discipleship strategy, prophecy, prayer ministry and worship. Laura studies Biblical Counselling and Spurgeon’s Ministry skills. She’s passionate about effective church leadership and discipleship and feels called to enable church leaders with her husband. She loves people, family and fun.

Email: llock@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 

Frank Awuku

Frank Awuku


Frank has been fellowshipping at Lewin SBC since 2010 and regularly attends with his wife and children. Frank has a heart for young people and has been actively involved with the kingdom kids ministry at Lewin SBC. Frank has a passion for people’s development especially young people within a church context, journeying alongside them as they find their way through the world towards Christ. Frank enjoys sporting activities, enjoying listening to music and an avid dancer. Frank affiliates himself with Arsenal FC but enjoys playing football rather than following

Email: fawuku@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 

Our Staff Team


Oliver Medla

Church Manager
Oliver is our Church Manager. He is an experienced manager, who has previously worked as a consultant in Project and IT Management.
He, along with his wife Carol have attended Streatham Baptist Church for many years.


Email: omedla@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 (ext 203)

Neil Charlton

Adekemi Cassidy

Administrative Assistant

Adekemi joined Streatham Baptist Church in December 2011 and later became a member in 2013. Adekemi was a civil servant for 29 years before she retired at the end of 2016. Adekemi came with profound experience in meeting and dealing with the public. Being the first point of contact in her present job at SBC, this has helped a great deal. Praying is Adekemi’s strength, intercessory prayer to be precise. Adekemi is a member of the Prison Fellowship and she has a passion for cooking delicious meals for people. Adekemi is also the Catering Manager at SBC.

Email: acassidy@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 (ext 208)

Esther Bee

Esther Bee

Children’s Worker

Hello! I’ve been working at SBC since 2014 but have links to the church since I was a teenager. Most of my working life has been with children or youth in some capacity and I definitely see it as the calling on my life. I love to see children learn and believe biblical truths for themselves. I have an MA in Children and Families Ministry.

I have an amazing daughter who keeps me busy and entertained! We mostly fill our lives with crafts, music, baking, games and movies and a quirky hobby of mine is creative hair styling and braiding!

Email: ebee@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 (ext 212) | Mobile: 07415247211

Neil Charlton

Neil Charlton

Youth Worker

I joined Lewin in October 2009 as a full-time youth worker. I have over 15 years of experience in youth work. I have served several schools as a sports coach, a pastoral worker, and a mentor working with the London Metropolitan Police. I have led events for teenagers locally, nationally and internationally. In 2012 I received a London Youth Award recognising my work among young Londoners.

I enjoy learning about new or pioneering expressions of church. I love to read & study & am currently completing theological studies at Spurgeon’s College. I am married to Tatenda & have a step-son, Gabriel.

Email: ncharlton@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515 (ext 201) | Mobile: 07904667082

Neil Charlton

Seher Parnell

Friendly Club Manager

Seher has been working with the club for the past 10 years and really enjoys organising the various activities for the over 60’s.
She is married with 2 children and lives in Croydon. She also works another part time job. She enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Email: friendlyclub@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515

Neil Charlton

Zac Healy

Church Caretaker

Email: zhealy@streathambaptist.com | Telephone: 020 8769 1515

Our Volunteer Staff


Felica Ansah


James Barrick

Local Mission

Kemi Olaniyan


Richard Ritter

Ministry Development Facilitator