Who we are


The Fellowship of St John the Baptist brings together members of the several Orthodox Church Traditions in the British Isles and Ireland.  We come together within the Fellowship, and through prayer, discussion and mutual friendship, deepen our commitment to, and understanding of, the Orthodox Christian faith.

With this in mind, we organise national and international conferences, pilgrimages, study weekends and youth festivals.

We produce various publications for the edification of Orthodox Christians, including our journal published twice a year Forerunnerour annual Calendar and Lectionary and a Directory of Orthodox clergy and places of worship in the British Isles and Ireland.

We also have a successful and popular choir, called the Mosaic Choir and a Women’s Ministries initiative.

Although our work is based in the British Isles, membership is open to all Orthodox Christians.

Our events are open to non-members, but we hope that those attending who are Orthodox Christians will want to support our work on a more permanent basis by taking out membership. Members receive Forerunner, the Fellowship journal, twice a year.


The Fellowship was founded in 1979 and became a Registered Charity in 1997. It has the blessing of The Pan-Orthodox Episcopal Assembly for the British Isles and Ireland. The constitution was revised in 2013 so the Assembly appoints one of its own members to be the President of the Fellowship and represent it on the Fellowship Committee. The current President is His Excellency The Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia.

The constitution of the Fellowship allows for the following roles:

PresidentMetropolitan Kallistos of Diokleian/a
ChairMargaret Haig2019
TreasurerJames Mamakos2019
Alexandru-Victor Andrei2020
Deacon David Boddy2019
Andreas Georgiou2019
Deacon Stephen Ireland2019
Archimandrite Kyril Jenner2019
Dr Joseph Kemp2020
Fr Ioan Nazarcu2019
Dr Elizabeth Theokritoff2019

Most of our past events are listed on the conferences or study weekends pages. Some reports and recordings are available in our events archive. You can also access an archive of some of the editions of Forerunner.

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