Patriarch: His Beatitude John X     Archbishop: His Eminence Metropolitan Silouan    
Priest: Fr Alban   email: father.alban11@gmail. com

Copyright of the Orthodox Christian Parish of St Aethelheard, Louth, Lincolnshire.  Registered Charity No 1102841

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Fr Alban Campbell was ordained to the Diaconate by Metropolitan Ignatios at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Grimsby church of St Marina and St Kenelm on May 17th 2014 and served both the parish of St Aethelheard and the community of St Marina and St Kenelm as Deacon, supporting Fr Michael. In November 2016, he was ordained priest by Metropolitan Silouan at St Aethelheard’s church and now that Fr Michael has retired, he has charge of both the Louth and Grimsby Orthodox communities. He is supported by his wife Mary.

Reader Ibrahim has served the parish since he was tonsured in 2012. Born into the Coptic tradition, he became Orthodox when living in Greece. On returning with his wife to England, he settled in Lincolnshire and immediately sought out the Church of St Aethelheard.  A Reader chants the texts of the services, reads the Epistle reading (unless it is read by a member of the congregation) and ensures that the correct liturgical material is available for each service.

The parish is blessed to have among her members a skilled iconographer, Sheila (in Orthodoxy Thecla) Read, who was one of the founding members of the community. Having originally trained in art, she was trained in iconography by Aidan Hart, a well-known iconographer based in Shrewsbury. She does commissions for clients all over the country and has painted the icons on the iconostasis in the church of St Aethelheard in Louth. These include icons of some of the saints of Britain, from the time when Britain was part of the one Holy, Universal, Apostolic Church. Two with Lincolnshire connections are St Guthlac of Crowland, known as the English St Anthony, and St Ostryth, Abbess of Bardney and niece of St Oswald.

Fr Michael Harry served the parish of St Aethelheard as a lay member, choir member and director, Deacon and Priest, taking over as Priest in charge in October 2004. He also started a mission church in Grimsby, the Community of St Marina and St Kenelm. He has now retired and will be moving to the Outer Hebrides where  he anticipates having the time to read those things he never had time for before.

Reader Ibrahim at his tonsuring Iconographer Thecla in her studio Father Alban Campbell Fr Michael Harry