What is a Baptist?
We believe in having a local Church for the local
community we believe that everyone is equal in the Church but we nominate leaders within the Church and members that have a say in how the Church is run. We are together as Baptists with the
teachings of the Lord but we have autonomy to practice and teach locally as a congregation
for more information please see the Baptist Union of
Great Britain www.baptist.org.uk
Become a Member
At Honor Oak we are always looking for people to
become new members of our congregation.
If you wish to become a member please visit us on a
Sunday and talk to one of our existing members, decons, our pastor or Church secretary.
Our Pastor... Joyce Grant
A bit about me
I was Ordained to Baptist Ministry in 2005 and have since pastored a congregation in North London, served as a School chaplain before joining the congregation here at
Honor Oak Baptist Church as their Pastor in 2015. I bring to the role of Pastor over 20 years of experience as a qualified social worker, Counselling & Groupwork training and experience of
working across London Boroughs.
I love people and I love working with people particularly in ways that support and encourage them to be their best, live their best lives and live out their God-given
potential. I have spent many years serving in the lives of people from diverse ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds and have found this to be such a privilege and an honour; especially to have been
trusted with opportunities to serve in their lives in the most joyful and most difficult of times.
I am continually motivated by a strong belief that in God’s love for humanity and the powerful potential this gift of love offers to all who would receive it. Its
power and potential to bring lasting change and transformation within each one of us and within our communities. Basically, ‘Love conquers all’ and this my belief influences all that I do and
every relationship and every encounter I have with others both in and outside of church life.
I have been here for two years now and still getting to know the area and our neighbours…do feel free to pop in, call or even stop me in the street …I would love a chat
… see you soon.
A brief history of HOBC
1887 -- Caroline Naylor sold
the land on the corner of Forest Hill Rd and Mundania Rd to the trustees.
1888 -- Hall opened on 1 February as a school.
1889 -- Church officially formed with 39 members.
1892 -- Opening Service of the chapel on 15 April - Good Friday.
1893 -- Two classrooms added to the hall costing £300.
1900 -- Purchase of the organ from Mr Hunter for £250. Records show there were 165 members, 27 Sunday School teachers, 310 scholars and a total of
1911 -- Great concern over finances and paying church debt.
1919 -- The appointment of women Deacons.
1922 -- The platform in the hall was enlarged.
1926 -- 25 members severed their connection with the Baptist Union and vacated premises. They became the Honor Oak Fellowship
1927 -- Church reformed with 54 members.
1928 -- The church joined the London Baptist Association.
1932 -- Electric lights were installed in the church.
1934 -- Adoption of the Marriage Act meaning either the Pastor or Secretary registered to officiate at weddings.
1934 -- Installation of electric blower for the organ.
1942 -- Debt cleared with much rejoicing!
1944 -- Roof/windows of both buildings suffered war damage.
1951 -- Hall officially opened.
1952 -- 35 Netherby Road bought by a Deacon and lent to the church as a Manse rent free for 3 years.
1953 -- One of the steeples deemed unsafe and removed.
1954 -- Church re-opened. Manse bought for £3,220.
1957 -- Gas heaters installed in hall and the old boiler removed.
1961 -- Infra-red heaters installed in church. Sub-station built.
1962 -- New kitchen built.
1967 -- First mini-bus purchased – it lasted 2 years.
1969 -- Play school started – it lasted 27 years, thanks to Miss Rene and Miss Florrie.
1981 -- Netherby Rd property sold. House in Underhill purchased as church manse.
1991 -- Centenary celebrations.
1998 -- Church Listed – Grade 2.
2004 -- Planning permission granted. Organ relocated to France (see pictures below)
2009 -- Church building handed over to the developers.
2011 -- The “new” Honor Oak Baptist Church building re-opens.
2014 -- Pastor Paul Gardiner Retires
after 10 years of service at HOBC
2015 -- Rev Joyce Grant joins as new
This imagine show the back half of the Church with the suspended ceiling and vestibule
An image showing a set of pews
The top image is taken from the vestibule looking towards the front of the Church
The second image shows the front of the Church, as part of the redevelopment there are now three levels in the 'new' building
This image shows the front set of pews past the suspended ceiling seating area