The saddest news …

The Wardens and PCC of Holy Trinity Church are very sad to announce that our beloved vicar, the Revd Jim McKinney passed away peacefully on Thursday night.

We extend heartfelt condolences to Sue, Ruth and Alex and assure them of our prayers.

Bishop Richard of Kingston has sent the following message:

Jan 18th 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that the Revd Jim McKinney, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Roehampton, died during the night at home. I realise that this will come as a great shock.

Bishop Christopher has been informed and sends his deepest sympathy and prayers.

You will, I am sure wish to remember Jim’s wife, Sue, and their children, Ruth and Alex, in your thoughts and prayers. 

Jim will be deeply missed at Holy Trinity and in the wider community. He was the longest standing member of Wandsworth Deanery, a valued colleague and a good friend to many. He worked across the Borough, gaining a lot of affection, and not a few awards, from the local community. He was chair of the Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network, playing a massive role in enabling that important work to thrive over the last 10 years.

Most of all we give thanks to God for Jim, for his life and for his ministry, for his love, his commitment, for all that he did and for all that he was and is. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

With my prayers and best wishes,


Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham

Bishop of Kingston

Our Archdeacon, the Ven. John Kiddle, will be coming to join us on Sunday morning and add his own message of support in person.

Obviously, many of you will wish to send messages of support for Sue, Ruth and Alex, and if you are already social media friends, then please communicate as you might normally do. For everyone else, please send your condolences via email to and/or send a card to the Holy Trinity Parish Office, Ponsonby Road, London SW15 4LP and we will make sure that these are all passed on. We will use any emails or notes received through the office as a basis for sending out information about funeral arrangements in due course and will assume that you are giving your consent for this for data protection purposes unless otherwise stated.

Finally, we are planning a short vigil with prayers and readings for a midweek early evening next week and hope to make an announcement about this in our morning service.

With love to all,

Tom Kemoh, John Moxon (Churchwardens)

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18)
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15)

5 Replies to “The saddest news …”

  1. Rt. Revd. Dr. Karowei Dorgu

    My wife and I, received the news from Bishop Christopher, through Wendy, our Diocesan Communication Director, of the sudden passing to glory of our dear brother and colleague Revd Jim McKinney with real sadness. The news was really shocking, because only two months ago we shared at the funeral service of a beloved friend, Pastor Faith (RIP), she was Pastor of the Redeem Christian Church of God, (RCCG) Roehampton. Jim knew these Pastors through the Church school and his ecumenical work. Jim agreed for me to share in the funeral service at Holy Trinity for this mutual friend of ours. He welcomed us, the family and friends of the desceased to his church with such grace, generosity and charity that glorified Jesus Christ in the best Ecumenical spirit.
    Brother Jim, Rest in Peace till we will meet again when He comes (1 Thess. 4 vs. 13-18)
    We will continue to pray for Sue, Ruth and Alex, the family of Holy Trinity Church & Church School, the Community of Wandsworth and of course, Kingston Episcopal Area and our Southwark Diocese as they deal with this shocking news.

  2. StephenYerrell

    Jim and I became close friends during the 4 years he was curate of All Saints Wath-upon – Dearne. Our friendship continued through several weekends spent with him during his time as vicar of All Saints Intake Doncaster. It was a great pleasure to attend his wedding to Sue and his induction as vicar of Cleator Moor. My sincere condolences to Sue, Ruth and Alex at their sad loss of a wonderful human being. If possible I would like tp attend Jim’s funeral.
    Every Blessing
    Steve Yerrell
    Church warden
    All Saints Wath-upon-Dearne

  3. Jaden Bugnosen

    Reverend Jim McKinney was a good and kind man and has been to not just to me, but all the pupils at Roehampton Church School and to the whole of Roehampton. When I heard the depressing news of his death, I and my family were devastated and were crying over the fact that a wonderful reverend had passed. I thank the Lord for his life and condolences to Mrs. McKinney, his wife, and their children.

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to us all!!

    Jaden Bugnosen, Leaver of Roehampton Church School 2018

  4. Gary Dunkley

    I’m so saddened and deeply shocked to hear of the passing of dear Jim.I only found out today at Putney Vale.I worked with Jim over many years as I used to be the funeral director for T.H Sanders Roehampton before moving to South East London and subsequently Kent to live and work.My thoughts and prayers are with his beloved family and I will always have fond memories of Jim a true gentleman through and through.God bless you Jim and your family.

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