Simon Willetts

imageSimon was appointed Associate Vicar in September 2014. He is married to Naomi and they were both brought up in Christian families. Simon originally studied Fine Art in St. Albans and worked as a Store Manager for a Wine Merchant. In 1997 he studied for his 1st degree in Music, Worship and Theology at the London School of Theology (then LBC). It was here that he met Naomi who was studying the Christian Life and Ministry course. Naomi came to LST after a significant year out on the Anastasis Mercy Ship calling at several places on the African coast. She also worked with street kids in Australia and had helped smuggle Bibles into China. After graduating in 2000, Simon and Naomi got married and moved into London. Naomi worked as a nurse and an actress and Simon as a full time musician. He performed Classical and Jazz music in clubs and hotels as well as touring with a rock band in Germany, Holland, Italy and California.
He also worked as a Worship Leader/Pastor for St. John’s Hampstead and Christ Church Highbury (not at the same time!) as well as working as a peripatetic piano teacher in the East End. He has written, produced and published two albums. The first album “Natural” is an instrumental piano album reflecting on life, the universe and everything! The second album “Homelander” is a collaborative work performed with Naomi and other fine friends. It fuses ancient liturgical texts with contemporary grooves and instrumentation. He is currently working on a third worship album with Naomi. Simon and Naomi are also Ambassadors for the Worship Central Course.
In 2006 Simon received the call to ordination and in 2008 studied Theology at St. John’s Nottingham. Simon completed his Curacy at St. Paul’s Royal Leamington Spa where he had oversight for music and worship, creative ministries and, together with Naomi, helped pioneer the Student Ministry. He has a deep passion for pastoral care and worship as well as using music and creativity for evangelism. He loves learning virtuoso piano music (some of which he can almost play!) cooking and running.