Patrons

HE Archbishop Angaelos, OBE, Archbishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London Church

The Coptic Orthodox Church is the ancient church of Egypt founded by Saint Mark the Apostle around 55 AD and is the largest Christian denomination in the Middle East.

His Eminence was born in Cairo, Egypt, and emigrated with his family to Australia. He returned to Egypt in 1990 to join the monastery of Saint Bishoy in Wadi-El-Natroun where he was subsequently consecrated a monk by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III and served as Papal secretary to His Holiness until 1995, when he was delegated by His Holiness to serve as a parish priest in the UK, while at the same time paying particular attention to youth ministry.

In 1999 His Eminence was consecrated as General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK in 1999 and then bishop of the mewly formed dioces of London in 2017.  HE Archbishop Angaelos oversees the Church’s ecumenical and public relations in the UK and is active ecumenically at local, national and international levels, also working extensively in the area of inter-religious relations.

In addition Archbishop Angaelos is Chair of the Council of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (COOC), Co-chair of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum (AOORF), Co-founder and co-chair of the Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Regional Forum (COORF), Trustee of  Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), Director of Churches Together in England (CTE), a member of the Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission, a member of the Coptic Delegation to the World Council of Churches (WCC), Moderator of the Churches’ Inter-Religious Network (CIRN) for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), Scholar-consultant on the Christian-Muslim Forum of England (CMF), a Trustee of Aghapy TV UK, and a member of a number of consultation groups and think-tanks that directly input into matters related to Christians of the Middle East and North Africa region, and the life of the Christian Church in the United Kingdom.

HE Archbishop Angaelos is also a patron of several other charities including Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Christians Aware, The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The  Apostolic Order of St Hadrian of Canterbury, SAT-7 and The British Egyptian Public Affairs Committee.

Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark

Bishop Christopher has been the Bishop of Southwark since 2011 and before that he was Area Bishop of Woolwich in the Diocese of Southwark from 2005.

At Pentecost 2014 he shared his vision for the Diocese ‘Hearts on Fire’ which echoes the story of Jesus and the disciples on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35) and through which he has called the people of the Diocese to loving God, walk with Jesus and be led by the Spirit, so that in generous response to God the people of the Diocese will release gifts; renew vocations; deepen Discipleship and be the Church.

He has been interested in and committed to working for peace and justice for all in the Middle East throughout his ministry and has led many pilgrimages to and visited churches in Eastern Turkey, Lebanon and Syria as well as the Holy Land.  In 2013 Bishop Christopher led a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the Dean of Southwark and they will lead another group of 120 pilgrims in 2016.

Bishop Christopher is also a member of the Anglican and Eastern Churches Association (AECA), Patron of Friends of the Holy Land, Chair of the Tur Abdin Focus Group, a member of the Anglican Oriental Orthodox UK Regional Forum and he has represented the Archbishop at the Enthronement of Syrian Orthodox Patriarch in May 2014.

During a sabbatical in 2009 he studied at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.

 

Rev Dr David Coffey, Global Ambassador for BMS World Mission, OBE

David has been a Baptist minister since 1967 and served as pastor at churches in Leicester, Cheam and Torquay. He was General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain for fifteen years and was then appointed as President of the Baptist World Alliance, and during this time visited 80 countries in six continents. He has a particular interest in the countries of the Middle East where he has focused on developing emerging leaders.

David has served as the Moderator of the Free Churches Group and a co-President of Churches Together in England. He is a Vice President of the Council for Christian and Jews and in 2007 was awarded an OBE for services to inter faith relations.

He is a Chairman of Spurgeons College Council and a member of the Evangelical Alliance Council. He has written a number of books and his latest publication is ‘All one in Christ Jesus - a passionate appeal for evangelical unity’.

David lives in Devon with his wife Janet. They have been married for 46 years and have two adult children and four grandchildren.  He is a member of the Elgar Society, has supported Chelsea FC since the 1960’s and enjoys political biographies.

 

Rt Rev Dr Michael Langrish, former Bishop of Exeter 

Bishop Michael was ordained in the Church of England in 1973 and since then has served in a variety of parish and chaplaincy settings.  He was made Bishop of Birkenhead in 1993, moving to become Bishop of Exeter in 2000.  Since retiring in 2013 he has lived in West Sussex, acting as an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Chichester.

He has had a long connection with the Middle East, taking a particular interest in the people and communities of Israel/Palestine.   He was part of a group from CTBI (Churches together in Britain and Ireland) invited to review the work of the Middle East Council of Churches.  He represented the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Communion at the Special Synod of Bishops for the Middle East in Rome in 2010, and the Amman Conference on the future of Christian s in the Middle East called by King Abdullah of Jordan in 2013.  He has visited the region often in connection with the wide range of Middle East focused charities with which he has been associated and also regularly led pilgrimages and study tours.  As Bishop of Exeter he instituted the practice of, every three years, taking all the curates of his Diocese on a theological study visit to Israel/Palestine aimed at grounding their theological reflections in historical and geopolitical realities. As Patron he has visited Embrace the ME supported projects in Egypt, Israel and Palestine.

As a member of the House of Lords he served on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Israel/Palestine, and was also Chair of the Churches’ Legislation Advisory Group, a Judaeo-Christian ecumenical body bringing together the interests of Christian Churches and the Jewish community in their dealings with Government at all levels.

He has been awarded honorary Doctorates by the Universities of Birmingham and Exeter. In addition to Embrace the Middle East he continues to be a patron of Friends of the Holy Land, ABCD (Action around Bethlehem for Children with Disabilities), Friends of Sabeel and The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).  He is also on the Council of Reference for the newly created charity – Peacemaker Mediators.

He is married to Esther, a Counsellor and a Licensed Reader in the Church of England, and they have three children and four grandchildren. For relaxation he sings, gardens and watches cricket, being a member of the Hampshire Cricket Supporters Committee.

 

Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan, CBE

Andrew McLellan was HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland 2002-2009. Before that he was a parish minister in Greenock, Stirling and Edinburgh.

He was the convener of the Church and Nation Committee of the Church of Scotland, which dealt with social and political matters on behalf of the church; and the convener of the Parish Development Fund, which supported new forms of mission and service. In 2000 he was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Andrew is the author of two books arising out of his experience. He was chairman of the Religious Advisory Committee of the BBC in Scotland and a Director of Scottish Television.

 

Timothy Radcliffe, OP

The Most Rev Timothy Radcliffe joined the English Province of the Dominican Order in 1965, and was ordained a priest in 1971. He studied at Blackfriars and at St John’s College in Oxford, and in Paris. He was a chaplain to the University of London in 1974 – 76, before returning to Oxford, where he taught scripture and doctrine for twelve years.

He was Prior of Oxford from 1982 – 88, when he was elected Provincial of the English Province. He was President of the Conference of Major Religious Superiors. In 1992 he was elected Master of the Order, finishing his term in 2001. He was Chancellor of the Angelicum University in Rome, S.Tomas in Manila, the École Biblique in Jerusalem and the Theology Faculty in Fribourg. He was also a Trustee of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development from 2001 to 2014.  

He is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, and Doctor of Divinity hon. causa of Oxford University and has honorary doctorates from various other universities in France, and the United States. Brother Timothy is now an itinerant preacher and lecturer, based at Blackfriars, Oxford, spending two thirds of the year traveling.