The Venerable Dr John Holdsworth
Executive Archdeacon and Archdeacon in Cyprus
The Archdeaconry of Cyprus
- Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa **
- Christ Church Ayia Napa *
- St Andrew, Kyrenia
- St Barnabas, Limassol
- St Helena, Larnaca
- St John the Evangelist, Deryneia *
- St Lazarus, Pissouri
- St Luke, Polis **
- St Mark, Famagusta *
- St Paul’s Cathedral, Nicosia
- St Stephen, Tala **
* Ammochostos Chaplaincy
** The Anglican Church of Paphos
Born in Yorkshire in 1949, Dr John Holdsworth has served most of his ministry life within the Church in Wales. He has over thirty years’ experience as a parish priest to complement his other interests and prior to his appointment to the Diocese he was Archdeacon of St Davids in South West Wales. At various times he has held positions within the social responsibility structures of the Church in Wales, the Council of Churches for Wales and the Church of England.
From 1997 to 2003 he was principal of St Michaels Theological College in Cardiff and lecturer in the Religious and Theological Studies Department at Cardiff University, where he later became dean of Theology, and where he taught till 2010. During his time at Cardiff he inaugurated the programme for Chaplaincy Studies, one of his key interests. Cardiff is now the leading centre for Chaplaincy Studies in the UK.For ten years John was also the principal presenter of religious programmes for what was formerly HTV Wales and has been involved in the process of making 150 such programmes, some of which have been nominated for awards.
John’s academic interests are centered on the Bible and Communication Studies and his publications include:
- Communication and the Gospel, DLT 2003
- Dwelling in a Strange Land: Exile in the Bible and the Church, Canterbury Press 2004
- SCM Studyguide to the Old Testament, SCM 2005
- Getting Started with the Bible, Canterbury Press 2007
- Lies Sex and Politicians: Communicating the Old Testament in Contemporary Culture, SCM 2010
He has also contributed five titles to the Church Times Study Guides.
Archdeacon John took up his position as Executive Archdeacon for the Diocese, Archdeacon in Cyprus and Chaplain of St Helena Larnaca in December 2010. John is married to Sue and they have two grown up children and four grandchildren.