Welcome to our new vicar

We are delighted to announce that Merton College as Patrons and the Bishop of Southwark have, in consultation with the parish, appointed the Revd Michael Roper to the post of Vicar of St John the Baptist, Malden. 

Michael was previously Priest in Charge of St Barnabas Church, Epsom, in the Diocese of Guildford.  Originally from North Carolina, Michael was baptised and confirmed in the Episcopal  Church.  He came to London after many years working as a Medical Secretary in the North Carolina Children’s Hospital to qualify as a NHS General Practice manager in  1996.  During that time, he also volunteered at a church-related charity in the East End.  Through that experience he was encouraged to pursue ordination training in  England and was sponsored and selected by the Bishop of London to train at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield in 2001.  Ordained in Southwark Cathedral, he served  his curacy in the Mortlake with East Sheen Team Ministry and was priested by Bishop Richard at St. Mary’s, Mortlake in 2004.  In 2007 he became Priest in Charge of St . Paul’s, Egham Hythe in the Diocese of Guildford.  He has extensive experience working with children and families and is deeply committed to the Church’s role in social  cohesion and inclusion at every level.  He is a trustee of OneBodyOneFaith, Inclusive Church, and Love Me Love My Mind, a mental health charity based in Epsom.