To contact the Bishop or either of the Archdeacons, please email their respective PAs below. Many thanks.
- Michael LewisBishop in Cyprus & The GulfMichael LewisBishop in Cyprus & The Gulf
Born in Hampshire in 1953, Michael Lewis read Oriental Studies and then, as a second degree, Theology at Merton College Oxford and at Cuddesdon Theological College. After ordination in 1978 he served successively as a curate, a college chaplain, and a parish priest in South London in the Diocese of Southwark, before becoming team rector, rural dean, and finally canon in the Diocese of Worcester, where he also chaired the synodical House of Clergy and the Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches.
From 1999 to 2007 he was Bishop of Middleton, a large, mainly urban area from the centre of Manchester to the top of the Pennines. He was Warden of Readers and Lay Eucharistic Assistants and chaired the Board of Education. Nationally his responsibilities included church colleges and universities and higher education generally, and latterly he was a governing trustee of St Michael’s Theological College, Llandaff, in the Church in Wales.
Bishop Michael remains Bishop-Visitor to the Sisters of the Love of God, an Anglican community of nuns at Fairacres Convent in Oxford. He is a member of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue, and a board member of the Al Amana Interfaith Centre in the Sultanate of Oman. He also represents the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East on the Anglican Consultative Council.
Bishop Michael and Julia have three children, Paul, Eleanor, and George (who died in 2017), and three grandsons, Jacob, Harry and Reuben, and one granddaughter, Isobel.
- John HoldsworthArchdeacon in CyprusJohn HoldsworthArchdeacon in Cyprus
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.
- Bill SchwartzArchdeacon in The GulfBill SchwartzArchdeacon in The Gulf
Bill Schwartz was born in 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.
- 1970-1975: Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Philosophy from Tarkio College, Tarkio, Missouri
- 1973-1977: Director of the overseas study programme of Tarkio College in Alexandria, Egypt
- 1977-1981: Administrator and Assistant Director, Institute of Middle East Studies, Skouriotissa, Cyprus
- 1981-1989: Director of Research (Middle East) for ‘Open Doors’, Limassol, Cyprus
- 1986-1999: Limassol: Chairman of the House of Laity of the Diocesan Synod, Assistant Treasurer of the Diocese, lay member of the Provincial Synod, lay member of the Diocesan Standing Committee of the Diocese. Nicosia: Diocesan Secretary/Treasurer
- 1993: Ordained deacon in Larnaca, Cyprus
- 1993 (August): Ordained priest at All Hallows by the Tower
- 1999-2007: Rector, Canterbury Group (Saudi Arabia)
- 2006 (February 6): Made Canon of St Christopher’s Cathedral, Bahrain
- 2007-2014: Senior Chaplain, Qatar
- 2007-present: Provincial Treasurer
- 2009: Appointed as Archdeacon in the Gulf
- 2013: Awarded DMin at Nashotah House Seminary, USA
Archdeacon Bill is married to Edith and they have four children: Ann, Tobias, Luke and Katherine.
- John BanfieldFinance AdviserJohn BanfieldFinance Adviser
John joined Mobil Oil Corporation in 1969 in London and held positions in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Germany. In 1994 he was appointed Chairman Mobil Oil Co Ltd in London and in 1996 Vice President Mobil Europe. He retired from Mobil in 2001.
In 2002 John was appointed Non Executive Director Surrey Oaklands NHS Trust and in 2005 Deputy Chairman Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust. He retired from the National Health Service in 2011.
John is a member of the MCC, a Fellow of the Energy Instituteand Chairman of Governors at Box Hill School, an independent school in Surrey. He was formerly a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Vice President of the Institute of Petroleum, a Companion of the Institute of Management and President of the Oil Industries Club.
During 2006 John chaired a study of diocesan finances requested by Synod. In 2007 he was co-opted onto the Standing and Finance Committee and subsequently assumed a broader executive portfolio which includes oversight of diocesan finance and organisation, membership of the council for Christ Church and the Ras Morbat Clinic in Aden and coordination of UK based organisations with an interest in the diocese including the Endowment Fund, JEMT, All Hallows by the Tower, the Diocese of Exeter and the Association of the Friends of the Diocese. In 2011 John was appointed an honorary Lay Canon of St Christopher’s Cathedral in Bahrain.
John lives in Surrey with his wife Mary who was Honorary Secretary of the Association of the Friends of the Diocese from 1991 to 2012.
- Georgia KatsantonisPA to the Bishop
- Anetta StylianouSecretary to the Archdeacon
- Evangelia GeorgakakiFinance Officer
- Savvas DemetriouAdministration AssistantSavvas DemetriouAdministration Assistant