Michael Lewis (bishop)

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Michael Lewis
Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf
Diocese Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf
Installed 1 December 2007[1]
Predecessor Clive Handford
Other posts Bishop of Middleton (1999–2007)
Ordination 1978 (deacon); 1979 (priest)
Consecration 1999
Personal details
Born (1953-06-08) 8 June 1953 (age 63)
Denomination Anglican
Parents John & Jean Pope
Spouse Julia Lennox (m. 1979)
Children 2 sons; 1 daughter
Alma mater Merton College, Oxford

Michael Augustine Owen Lewis (born 8 June 1953)[2] is an English Anglican bishop. He is the Anglican Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf[3] in the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. Within his diocese lie Cyprus, Iraq, and the whole of the Arabian Peninsula.

Lewis was educated at King Edward VI School, Southampton[4] and Merton College, Oxford, where he read Oriental Studies (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac)[5] taking a BA in 1975 and MA in 1979. He then began formation for the priesthood Cuddesdon College, taking the Final Honour School of Theology in 1977.[2]

He was ordained deacon in 1978 and priest in 1979. After a curacy at Christ the King, Salfords, Surrey, in the Diocese of Southwark he became Chaplain of Thames Polytechnic in 1980.[6] He was Vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Welling, Southwark from 1984 to 1991 when he became Team Rector of Worcester South East and later Rural Dean of Worcester and Canon of Worcester Cathedral. Ordination to the Episcopate followed in 1999 when he was appointed to the Suffragan Bishopric of Middleton. In 2007 he was translated to Cyprus and the Gulf[7] On 5 June 2011, Lewis ordained the first female priest in the Middle East in Saint Christopher's Cathedral, Manama.[8]

He is a member of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue and of the Anglican Consultative Council, and is Bishop-Visitor of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God, Convent of the Incarnation, Fairacres, Oxford.


  1. ^ Gulf Daily News – New bishop welcomed
  2. ^ a b ‘CYPRUS AND THE GULF, Bishop in’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 4 July 2012
  3. ^ Inauguration Details
  4. ^ Burke's details
  5. ^ Paphos Anglican Church News
  6. ^ Crockfords(London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0715180886
  7. ^ Announcement made
  8. ^ http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=307289
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Stephen Venner
Bishop of Middleton
Succeeded by
Mark Davies
Preceded by
Clive Handford
Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf