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      Diocese of Southwark, Church of England

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Our Vicar, Revd. John Hayward

John joined St Mary's in April 2008 after being the Vicar of St Martin’s, Gospel Oak in North London for 12 years. For just over two years, he combined this post with that of Area Dean of South Camden. He started his working life in the hospitality industry, including periods of time in hotel management.


John underwent theological training at Lincoln Theological College and was ordained in 1990.  He served as an Assistant Curate in Seaford, East Sussex and subsequently in Kings Cross, combining the latter post with that of Team Coordinator of a Mental Health Centre Trust based at his parish.  He then moved to St Martin’s.

John lists among his spare time pursuits comedy impersonation and sketch writing.


Bishop of Southwark Rt. Revd. Tom Butler, Revd. John Hayward, Stephen Hammond MP, the Mayor of Merton Councillor John Dehaney, the Mayoress and churchwardens, following John's collation and induction as Vicar of St Mary's Merton, 22 April 2008 (pic: David Reeves).
Bishop of Southwark Rt. Revd. Tom Butler, Revd. John Hayward, Stephen Hammond MP, the Mayor of Merton Councillor John Dehaney, the Mayoress and churchwardens, following John's collation and induction as Vicar of St Mary's Merton, 22 April 2008 (photo: David Reeves)

Revd John Hayward