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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:

Eastern & Germany and Northern Europe

The Ven Colin Williams                                                                                      

T: 0049 151 25703461
E: colin.williams@europe.anglican.org

The Eastern and Germany & Northern Europe Archdeaconry is a combination of two former units and covers an area from Reykjavik to Moscow and Helsinki to Istanbul. It is served by our only paid full-time Archdeacon, Colin Williams. His work includes three Synods and he travels many miles to visit churches advising on recruitments of new clergy, helping to deal with problems which arise, and generally being very present within the 65 congregations within the two archdeaconries so as to offer support and encouragement to the congregations and to their clergy.

France

The Ven Meurig Williams                                                                                  

T: 0032 2 213 7480
E: meurig.williams@europe.anglican.org

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.

Gibraltar

The Revd Canon Geoffrey Johnston                                                                

T: 0044 (0)1773 270 972
E: geoff.johnston@europe.anglican.org

Archdeacon Geoff Johnston, 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 Vickie Sims                                                                                            

T: 0039 02 655 2258
E: vickie.sims@europe.anglican.org

The Archdeaconry of Italy and Malta is served by Archdeacon Vickie Sims, in addition to her other role as Chaplain at All Saints church, Milan. One element of Vickie’s work is the inheriting the part-completed task of formal registration of our Church to give more integration with the Italian state. She also travels to London on a regular basis for her role as liaison Archdeacon to the Safeguarding team.

North-West Europe

The Ven Dr Paul Vrolijk                                                                                      

T: 0032 2 511 7183
E: paul.vrolijk@europe.anglican.org

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.

Switzerland

The Revd Canon Adèle Kelham                                                                        

T: 0041 56 281 1025
E: kelham@bluewin.ch

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.

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