Who’s Who

Who’s Who

Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf

The Rt. Rev’d Michael Lewis

The Rt. Rev'd Michael Lewis Born in Hampshire in 1953, he read Oriental Studies and then, as a second degree, Theology at Merton College Oxford and at Cuddesdon Theological College.After ordination in 1978 he served successively as a curate, a college chaplain, and a parish priest in South London in the Diocese of Southwark, before becoming team rector, rural dean, and finally canon in the Diocese of Worcester, where he also chaired the synodical House of Clergy and the Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches.From 1999 to 2007 he was Bishop of Middleton, a large, mainly urban area from the centre of Manchester to the top of the Pennines.  He was Warden of Readers and Lay Eucharistic Assistants and chaired the Board of Education.  Nationally his responsibilities included church colleges and universities and higher education generally, and latterly he was a governing trustee of St Michael’s Theological College, Llandaff, in the Church in Wales.Bishop Michael remains Bishop-Visitor to the Sisters of the Love of God, an Anglican community of nuns at Fairacres Convent in Oxford.  He is a member of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue, and a board member of the al Amana Interfaith Centre in the Sultanate of Oman.Bishop Michael and Julia have three children, Paul, Eleanor, and George, and a grandson, Jacob.

The Very Reverend Dr. Bill Schwartz-OBE

Cathedral Office:
Tel: +973 17253866
Fax: +973 17246436
Mobile: +973 39522547
Email: archdeacon.bill@cypgulf.org
Bill Schwartz was born in 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

  • 1970-1975: Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Philosophy from Tarkio College, Tarkio, Missouri
  • 1973-1977:  Director of overseas study programme of Tarkio College in Alexandria, Egypt
  • 1977-1981:  Administrator and Assistant Director, Institute of Middle East Studies, Skouriotissa, Cyprus
  • 1981-1989:  Director of Research (Middle East) for ‘Open Doors’, Limassol, Cyprus
  • 1986-1999:  Limassol:  Chairman of the House of Laity of the Diocesan Synod, Assistant Treasurer of the Diocese, Lay member of the Provincial Synod, lay member of the Diocesan Standing Committee of the Diocese.                         Nicosia: Diocesan Secretary/Treasurer
  • 1993 (Februrary):  Ordained deacon in Larnaca, Cyprus
  • 1993 (August):  Ordained priest at All Hallows by the Tower, London
  • 1999-2007:  Rector, Canterbury Group (Saudi Arabia)
  • 2006 (February 6):  Made Canon of St Christopher’s Cathedral, Bahrain
  • 2007-2014:  Senior Chaplain, Qatar
  • 2007-2017:  Diocesan clergy member of the Provincial Synod
  • 2009:  Appointed as Archdecon in the Gulf
  • 2013:  Awarded DMin at Nashotah House Seminary, USA
  • 2019:  Appointed a Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral, Bahrain; concurrent with the responsibilities of Archdeacon in the Gulf

Archdeacon Bill is married to Edith and they have four children  Ann, Tobias, Luke and Katherine

Asst. Chaplain and Mission to Seafarers Chaplain
The Rev’d. Stephen Thanapaul

The Rev'd. Stephen Thanapaul
Tel: +973 17728266 (off)
Mobile: +973 39247413
Email: stephentpaul@gmail.com
Stephen Thanapaul belongs to the Church of South India. He has been in the pastoral ministry since 1992. He worked as Bishop’s Chaplain for 5 years since 1993. He underwent a special training for nine months in the Seamen’s Church Institute in Port Newark in New Jersey and New York, USA.After returning to his Diocese, he worked as chaplain to the Truck Drivers. He had some training in some ports in the UK and worked as Chaplain for Mission Seafarers in port Tuticorin, South India from 2002 to 2009.He was licensed on the 13th of Feb 2010 in Cyprus by the Bishop, Michael Lewis and is at St Christopher’s Cathedral as the Assistant Chaplain. He also does the ministry for the seafarers being the Chaplain for the Mission to Seafarers in Bahrain giving care and welfare in 5 ports here in Bahrain.He is married to Jasmine and they are blessed with a daughter, Trypheana who is 10 yrs old.

Cathedral Administrator
Ms. Fozia Prince

Ms. Fozia Prince

Tel: +973 17253866
Fax:  +973 17246436
Email: cathedra@batelco.com.bh

Cathedral Bookkeeper
Mrs. Renitha Joswa


Tel: +973 1725 3866
Email: stchris1@batelco.com.bh

St. Christopher’s Anglican Church Council Officers 2021/2022

David Axtell

Council Chairman
David Axtel

Cathedral Treasurer
Stephen Meharry

Hon Treasurer
Michael Ross McCall

Cathedral Warden
Irwin Palanna

Cathedral Warden
Alison Lillywhite


Caretaking Staff

Caretaking Staff