Bishop Michael Lewis and the Reverend Andrew Burtt
The Reverend Andrew Burtt has been installed as the new parish priest in the Anglican Church of Paphos.
The installation ceremony, conducted by the Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt. Reverend Michael Lewis on Saturday 17 September 2016, was held in the ancient church of Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa (St Paul’s Pillar), Kato Paphos, in front of a congregation of nearly 200 people.
Reverend Andrew joins the church in Paphos from his former position as Chaplain at Portsmouth Grammar School, England. Andrew saw this position as an opportunity to move on. ‘The time was right to look to a parish which would provide an opportunity to use my skills, extend my Ministry and at the same time provide me with new challenges,’ said Rev. Andrew.
The Anglican Church of Paphos embraces the area to the western side of the island – from Pomos in the North, the Akamas in the West, Kouklia in the South to Arsos in the East – with a population of over 90,000. The parish has three churches Ayia Kyriaki in Kato Paphos, St Lukes in Prodromi (near to Polis) and St Stephen’s in Tala.
Further information about the Anglican Church of Paphos, regular and special services, details of its work in the community and social activities can be found by visiting the web site – www.paphosanglicanchurch.org.cy
The Reverend Andrew Burtt, a brief biography
Andrew was born and educated in New Zealand and after gaining degrees from Massey University and a teaching diploma from Christchurch Secondary Teachers’ College, he began his working life as a secondary school teacher in Stratford, in the North Island. More/….
After five enjoyable years teaching geography, he transferred to the other side of the desk to complete his theological studies at St John’s Theological College in Auckland.
He and his wife, Bronwen, then completed joint curacies in the parish of Howick, Auckland, and subsequently travelled to England so that Andrew could apply to become an Army Chaplain. Nine very enjoyable years followed with postings in England, Germany, Hong Kong and the Middle East.
With two young boys reaching important points in their education, it was felt that some necessary family stability was required and Andrew transferred back to school teaching combining classroom work with the wider ministry of a school chaplain. Andrew took up the senior chaplain’s role at Brighton College and, after a little over ten years, moved to be chaplain at Portsmouth Grammar School and then on to Cyprus. Both boys are now in their late twenties and early thirties but sadly Bronwen died in 2003.
Andrew’s interests include keeping fit, along with walking, reading and cooking. He is very much looking forward to getting to know the parish in Paphos and working alongside fellow colleagues.