About Us

Kingsley Hall is a place for the people – a church and community centre at the heart of Barking and Dagenham for nearly 100 years. Since its work began in 1929, thousands have visited Kingsley Hall, to worship, celebrate and find friends, both in times of peace and times of great difficulty. It’s still the same today. This vibrant community hub, with café, preschool and church fellowships welcomes hundreds of people every week. As we embark on the next season of community work at Kingsley Hall, we have bold and ambitious plans to develop this dynamic centre for an exciting future. Inspired by Kingsley’s pioneering founders, we will continue to put our Christian faith into action, working together for the good of the local community. We celebrate our remarkable heritage and impact as we build the next chapter of Kingsley Hall’s story, drawing from the experiences of local people, contributing to extraordinary happenings!

With a growing team of more than 20 staff and many more volunteers, we are here to help you.


Chris Kapnisis

- Director and Church Leader

Rod Keane

- Deputy Director - Head of Operations and Church Leader

Sandra French

- Pre-School Manger

Ruth Lombard

- Community Pastor and Church Leader

Zaphira Kapnisis

- Community Café Manager & Pastoral Support

Cara Olagundoye

- Heritage Engagement Officer

Kurt Mirjah

- Catering Enterprise Manager


We partner with all local people and specifically people from a background of disadvantage and disability and in partnership with other community groups and organisations.

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