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Our Archdeacons

An ‘archdeacon’ is an administrative servant of the bishop, with responsibility for a specific geographical area within a diocese. The Diocese in Europe is divided into 7 areas, called archdeaconries, which are served by these senior clergy. Our archdeacons by area are:

Germany and Northern Europe

The Revd Canon John Newsome                                                                                      

T: +49 162 2155404

John has been part of the Diocese in Europe since 1986. He has served in chaplaincies in Bonn/Cologne, Hamburg and Zürich. He retired from stipendiary ministry in 2014 and shortly afterwards took on the position of Spirituality Advisor to the diocese. In 2017 he became Area Dean of Germany and recently he has been invited to become Acting Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe for a temporary period in succession to Colin Williams.

John sees his ministry primarily as one of encouragement for clergy and congregations, especially in the far-flung area of Germany and the countries of Northern Europe and the Baltic area where a sense of isolation can often be an issue. Travel can be something of a challenge, but fortunately John lives in a small town called Seligenstadt on the River Main about 30 kms east of Frankfurt and therefore close to a major international airport.


The Ven Meurig Williams                                                                                  

T: 0032 2 213 7480

Meurig was ordained and previously served in the Church in Wales. He was Archdeacon of Bangor before moving to the Diocese in Europe. Prior to becoming Archdeacon of France & Monaco, he was Acting Archdeacon of North-West Europe, and currently also serves as Bishop’s Chaplain and Commissary to Bishop Robert. Meurig divides his time between his home in Limousin and the Bishop’s Office in Brussels. These are interesting times to be Christian in France, and our Anglican communities have much to contribute to the debate about the place of faith in French society. Whether you are moving to France to live and work, looking for a place to worship when on holiday, or have lived there for some time and want to explore the Christian faith, you can be assured of a warm welcome.

More information is available about Meurig Williams and the French archdeaconry. You can also follow Meurig on Twitter.


The Ven Geoffrey Johnston                                                                

T: 0044 (0)1773 270 972

Archdeacon Geoff Johnston is Interim Archdeacon of Gibraltar. Geoff is a retired priest who served in southern Spain, lives in Derbyshire but finds that his voluntary role occupies most of his time. It involves frequent travel to Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Gibraltar and the islands of the Mediterranean and Atlantic. With so many chaplaincies clergy recruitment is a time consuming but rewarding part of his work. Geoff also chairs the Diocesan Mission and Public Affairs Unit, is an Assistant Director of Ordinands with responsibility for special faculty applications in the diocese. He was recently involved in the successful introduction of Interim Ministry.

Italy and Malta

The Ven Geoffrey Johnston                                                                                            

T: 0044 (0)1773 270 972 

Geoff Johnston is currently the Acting Archdeacon of Italy and Malta.

North-West Europe

The Ven Dr Paul Vrolijk                                                                                      

T: 0032 2 511 7183

Paul Vrolijk serves as Archdeacon in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg. After graduating from Delft University of Technology with an MSc in applied physics, Paul worked in the oil industry in Europe, North America, and in the Middle and Far East. He trained for ordination at Trinity College Bristol, where he also did doctorate research on Jacob, which was later published by Brill as Jacob’s Wealth. He served in a parish in Bristol and then chaplaincies in Aquitaine, south-west France. As well as being Archdeacon, he is also Canon Chancellor and Senior Chaplain of the Pro-cathedral of Holy Trinity Brussels.

You can also follow Paul on Twitter.

Switzerland, Eastern

The Revd Canon Adèle Kelham                                                                        

T: 0041 56 281 1025

The Archdeaconry of Switzerland is blessed with retired priest Adèle Kelham, who takes up the role of Archdeacon on a voluntary basis. As a former chaplain in Lausanne, Adèle has a sound knowledge of the ministerial challenges which are unique to Switzerland and can often vary from Canton to Canton. There is much ecumenical work in Switzerland, particularly with our close collaboration with the national Old Catholic Church. Although it is the smallest Archdeaconry, it boasts 24 chaplaincies, some of them committed to seasonal ministry with visiting locum clergy.

Adèle is also currently the acting Archdeacon for the Eastern Archdeaconry.

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