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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 five areas, called archdeaconries, which are served by these senior clergy. Our archdeacons by area are:

Eastern, and Germany & Northern Europe 

The Ven Dr Leslie Nathaniel                                                                                      

T: 0049 7162 5846


Leslie Nathaniel’s church roots are in the Church of South India (CSI) in which he grew up. After his post graduate studies in business administration, he gained work experience in the administrative section of an international, church-related childcare agency. His marriage brought him to Germany where he worked 8 years in the city ministry of a social welfare agency, a co-operation between church and state, before he and his wife returned to serve in the CSI, jointly sent by the German agency EMS, the British agency USPG and the Methodist Church. Ordination was in the CSI Diocese of Nandyal. Returning to Germany in 1995, he served as an officer for ecumenical affairs in the Department of Mission, Ecumenism and Development of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Württemberg with responsibilities as assistant pastor in the main church of a small city, as well as holding the St Catherine´s Anglican Chaplaincy together during the vacancy period. He moved to London as Interchange Adviser for people and resources with CMS, also serving his local parish as assistant priest in an honorary capacity. After completing his PhD in Theology from the Birmingham University, he worked for the next 7 years first for Archbishop Rowan Williams and then Archbishop Justin Welby as International Ecumenical Secretary and in Church House as the European Secretary. There followed 3 years as chaplain of St. Thomas à Becket in Hamburg before he was appointed as Archdeacon of The East and Germany with Northern Europe in November 2019.

Ecumenically, he represents the Church of England on the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches and is still called upon to support the work of the Conference of European Churches, in which he represented the Church of England as a Governing Board member for a number of years.



The Revd Canon Dr Peter Hooper                                                                          

T: +44 (0) 78 4520 5283


I was born in the North East of England and following some nine years at Newcastle University,  worked in the agricultural supply industry, eventually becoming managing director of a large agricultural seeds business based in Toulouse, France. Whilst living there I was Chaplaincy Warden, so understand well the realities of chaplaincy life. Ordained in Leicester Cathedral in 2006, I joined the Leicester Diocese as an ordinand from the Diocese in Europe, having completed the major part of my training at the Institut Catholique de Toulouse. Much of my ministry has been directed to growing Christian communities and presence, within established settings as well as in start-up situations and secular organisations. Children and young people have been a particular focus. As an Area Dean for over ten years I emphasised the need to care for and encourage both clergy and the wider community.

Please see the Archdeaconry of France website, part of the Anglican Diocese in Europe for local details of chaplaincies in France and Monaco



Gibraltar, and Italy & Malta

The Ven David Waller 

M: 0034 628257937


David was licensed as the Archdeacon of both Gibraltar and of Italy and Malta in January2020 having served as Chaplain for Mallorca for seven years. Prior to that he served consecutively in three different parishes and one University Chaplaincy in England. David was an Area Dean with the Diocese for five years and continues to have a fascination for the way that leadership and group relationships are expressed in church settings. A part of this work has been the creation and encouragement of a clergy cluster support group to allow space for reflection.

If you live, or are coming to live, or are on holiday, within Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Gibraltar, Andorra, Italy or Malta we have a variety of welcoming Christian communities to offer. Use this diocesan website to find a church near to where you are living.


North-West Europe

Sam Van Leer
Acting Archdeacon NW Europe (half-time) and Chaplain, Grace Church Groningen (part-time, non-stipendiary)                                                                                 

T: +31 (050) 785 0703
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Originally from the US, I came to Europe for graduate study, but then fell in love with my future wife and the Continent, and followed a calling into ordained pastoral ministry in the Church of England.  I trained at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, in Durham, England, and have served in the Diocese in Europe ever since, first in Bern and Neuchâtel (Switzerland), then Arnhem, Nijmegen and Twente (East Netherlands) and now in Groningen (North Netherlands), where we are helping build up a vibrant new congregation, Grace Anglican Church.  I am a University Chaplain and also Assistant Director of Ordinands for the Diocese in Europe, and have served as Area Dean for the Netherlands (2015-2017).  Currently, I am the Acting Archdeacon for Northwest Europe (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg), and am also working on a PhD at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.



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.

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