Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf

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The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf is one of four dioceses in the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, a province in the Anglican Communion. It covers Cyprus, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Yemen. The Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf[1] is the Ordinary of the diocese. In every part of the diocese, except in Cyprus and Iraq, the congregations are largely expatriate, with many Christians from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and the African continent. The Diocese is linked with the Diocese of Exeter in England and the Diocese of Thika in Kenya. The Diocese is divided into the Archdeaconry of Cyprus and the Archdeaconry of the Gulf.

List of Bishops in Cyprus and the Persian Gulf[edit]

(Any dates appearing in italics indicate de facto continuation of office. The start date of tenure below is the date of appointment or succession. Where known, the date of installation and ordination as bishop are listed in the notes together with the post held prior to appointment.)

Tenure Incumbent Notes
1976 to 1983 Leonard Ashton Deceased[2]
1983 to 1986 Henry Wylie Moore Retired[3]
1987 to 1996 John Brown Retired[4]
1996 to 2007 Clive Handford Retired[5]
2007 to present Michael Lewis

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory (97th ed. London: Church House Publishing, 2001), p. 1144, column a: 'Cyprus and the Gulf (Bishop in) [emphasis in original].
  2. ^ Inaugural Bishop; died 19 January 2001
  3. ^ General Secretary, Church Missionary Society, 1986-89, retired 1990
  4. ^ Briefly Rural Dean of Grimsby(2003/4)
  5. ^ Now an Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Ripon and Leeds


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