The Reverend Canon Paul Maybury

Paul & Sarah MayburyThe Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, is delighted to announce the appointment of Canon Paul Maybury to the new combined post of Spirituality Coordinator and Bishop’s Missioner in the South East Cyprus Chaplaincy.

In the diocese-wide spirituality role, he will be a key colleague of Miss Maggie LeRoy, and in the parochial role at St John the Evangelist Deryneia he will work closely with the Rev Simon Holloway, who leads the neighbouring church of Christ Church Ayia Napa, and with the local Readers ministering in South East Cyprus.

Canon Maybury has served as Vicar of Ossett and Gawthorpe in the Diocese of Wakefield in the Province of York for the last eleven years and is also Rural Dean of Dewsbury.

Paul and his wife Sarah expect to move to Cyprus in the autumn and Bishop Michael plans to license him on the afternoon of Advent Sunday, 1 December.

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Ken Wiseman

The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, in association with the Mission to Seafarers is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ken Wiseman as the new Chaplain for the Cyprus ports.

Ken has been a Diocesan Reader since 2008 and currently ministers mostly within the Paphos Chaplaincy. Ken spent part of his childhood in Cyprus but, before returning permanently to the island, lived in Wales where he completed his training for Readership. An aircraft engineer by profession, Ken has most recently been Maintenance Manager at the prestigious Aphrodite Hills Resort near Paphos.

Ken expressed delight at his appointment. “I never expected this opportunity,” he said, “and I really feel it is an answer to prayer. I can’t wait to get started.”

Executive Archdeacon John Holdsworth said, “Ken has obvious and widely acknowledged pastoral gifts that will serve him well in this post. He is well equipped to relate to a world of working men and I expect him to do a great job.”

Chris and Ken with the Bishop and Archdeacon

Chris and Ken with the Bishop and Archdeacon after the Licensing Service on Sea Sunday at Limassol

Ken will be supported by Limassol Chaplain Canon Derek Smith, and Rev Tony Jeynes as well as by the Chaplaincy Committee in Limassol. Although there is a Mission to Seafarers centre in Limassol, the Director of Ministry for the Mission, Canon Huw Mosford, was keen to point out that the appointment is to all the Cyprus ports. “We look forward to having Ken on board,” he said. “We have a number of Chaplains who are Readers and I am sure Ken will take his place among them, and make a great contribution.”

Ken succeeds Canon Marvin Bamforth who is returning to the UK following retirement.

The Reverend John Chapman

Revd John and Revd Deborah Chapman

John & Deborah Chapman

The Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd John Chapman to be Chaplain in the Dubai with Sharjah and the Northern Emirates Chaplaincy with special responsibility for St Martin Sharjah.

He is currently Chaplain for International Churches in the Diocese of London in the Church of England and is married to the Revd Deborah Chapman, who is at present priest in charge of St Hugh Northolt in the same diocese.

It is expected that they will move to Sharjah in the late summer and that Bishop Michael will license John towards the end of September.

Please pray for John and Deborah and their family, as well as the people of St Martin’s and of the whole Chaplaincy.

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Impending appointments and moves

The Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, notes these recent and impending appointments and moves.

The Revd Dr Michael Ellis, formerly licensed assistant priest in the chaplaincy of Paphos, now has a general permission to officiate elsewhere in the diocese.

The Revd Andrew Notere, formerly Senior Chaplain of the chaplaincy of Paphos, ceased to hold that appointment on 15 November 2012.

The Revd Canon Ian Calder, formerly Rector of Bishop’s Cleeve, Area Dean of Tewkesbury and Winchcombe, and Canon of Gloucester Cathedral in the Diocese of Gloucester in the Province of Canterbury, is now Interim Chaplain of the chaplaincy of Paphos.

The Revd Sean Semple, formerly priest in the Diocese of Natal in the Province of South Africa, is now Associate Priest, Larnaca.

The Revd Canon Eric McGirr, currently priest with permission to officiate in the chaplaincy of Abu Dhabi with particular responsibility for St Thomas Al ‘Ain and formerly Canon and Chancellor of Clogher in the Province of Armagh, is to return to Northern Ireland in February 2013.

The Revd Robin Lee, formerly Rector of Peebles and Priest in Charge of Innerleithen in the Diocese of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church and previously priest in the Diocese of Egypt in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, is to be priest with permission to officiate in the chaplaincy of Abu Dhabi with particular responsibility for St Thomas Al ‘Ain.

The Revd Samuel Okechukwu Ugwuneri, formerly priest in the Dioceses of Owerri and Isiala Ngwa South in the Province of Nigeria, is now priest with permission to officiate in the chaplaincy of Qatar.

The Revd Deacon Michael Pearson, formerly of the Diocese of Karachi in the Church of Pakistan, now has permission to officiate in the chaplaincy of Qatar.

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