Hope and Anchor Community Church started as a handful of passionate people, a word from God & a passion to see the citizens of the city of London and Camden Town moving in a loving relationship with Jesus and achieving their full potential in life.
In May 2015 we started meeting in the basement of a coffee shop. When we realised that we were filling the whole basement and that we almost could not tell the difference between the people that came for the meeting and the other customers, we knew that it was time to move. We began renting a building called The Upper Room, and for a while, we were overwhelmed by the space and by the ability to have our own worship. In 2017, we had to re-design our set-up to be able to accommodate the new people in the church from both our community and from different parts of the city. While the interior of the buildings where we have met continually changes, our heart has not. We still want to be observed as a place where the people of Camden, no matter who they are, feel welcomed.
Our church is not only for us to worship God, but for others in the community that are far from experiencing His love to have a place where they can belong. Today, it is with great joy that we see God expanding the horizons once again as we move to a bigger venue. The services are being held at the St. Michael's Church, Camden Town at 16:00.
Meet our leadership team
Christian & Johanna
Although they are the head pastors and founding family, the Vargas are more likely to be known for the God-given heart and passion to see Camden and the city of London transformed through knowing Christ. They are often found in the streets talking with anyone and everyone, and are driven by a servant's heart of love and hospitality that seeks to equip and encourage.
Courtney Mills is part of both our welcome and media teams. She will always make sure that you’re up to date on the latest happenings, initiatives and activities going on in the church life, and she encourages everyone that comes to bring something new and fresh to the table.
Debora leads our livestream team and can be found behind one of the cameras on a Sunday. She is passionate about spreading the Gospel through media and leads her team to broadcast our services on YouTube and social media so people beyond those that attend the Sunday services can hear the messages.
Jorien Pueyes is heavily involved in our welcome team and our community outreach initiatives. She has a heart to see the church go beyond its walls and meet people where they are, and acts as a key link between the church and the community. On a Sunday you can find her at our welcome table getting people connected throughout the week.
Elin & Federico
The Cancelo’s are our head worship leaders and are responsible for all aspects of the worship team. Their heart is to see people meeting with God in deeper levels of intimacy and vulnerability. They have a heart for ministering to the people of the local church, Camden and the overall city of London.
Laura heads up the set-up team and the overall production of Sunday services. She works alongside the team to ensure that we are able to put forth the best service that we can and can create a space where people feel welcome and can encounter God. She also encourages people to use their practical skills to serve the church and reminds us how each part of a Sunday is worship!
Eric & Ina
The Johnson’s are a part of our set-up, production and worship teams. On any given Sunday you can find them serving in a multitude of ways, all with the heart of building the church and creating a space for people to belong. They also lead Hope + Anchor Young Adults and have a passion for equipping the next generation with a deep and authentic relationship with God.