The Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative was established after the Third Lausanne Congress in 2010 as a movement of Orthodox and evangelical Christians who wish to respect each other’s beliefs, learn from one another, and support each other in obedience to the call to share in God’s mission. This is accomplished through:

  • Reflecting constructively on the history of relationships between Orthodox and evangelicals, encouraging reconciliation and healing where wounds exist
  • Praying for each other and studying Scripture together
  • Encouraging mutual understanding, respect, and appreciation of one another’s traditions and practices
  • Promoting collaboration in mission wherever possible, such as building short-term and long-term mission partnerships and facilitating the exchange and sharing of resources for mission

Through this process, evangelicals and Orthodox are mutually enriched and strengthened in the work of mission, working towards mutual respect, support and cooperation in the spirit of our Lord’s prayer for his church in John 17.

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His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos

Co-Chair

His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos was enthroned on 18 November 2017 as the first Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, having served as General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK since 1999. Archbishop Angaelos is widely recognized for his extensive advocacy work and he was conferred the honour of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen for Services to International Religious Freedom. Archbishop Angaelos specializes in youth ministry and travels the world to speak at youth conferences and conventions. Among other roles, His Eminence is President of the Bible Society, President of Churches Together in England, Moderator of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and a member of the World Council of Churches Central Committee.

Grace Mathews

Co-Chair

Grace Mathews is Program Director for India Mobile Congress, India’s largest industry conclave for IT and communications. She has held various leadership roles with the Lausanne Movement, including Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. Her past roles also include executive positions for several companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Director of Missions for a leading evangelical church in Princeton, NJ, and working with a Christian non-profit organization in India to reach the disadvantaged through medical intervention, education, and housing project programs.

Tim Grass

Facilitator

Tim has been active in contact with the Orthodox for over 20 years, publishing and leading dialogues in the UK and elsewhere. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Spurgeon’s College, London, and Assistant Editor for the Ecclesiastical History Society. Previous to gaining his doctorate in systematic theology from Kings College London in 1997, he was pastor of an independent Baptist church in Southern England for 10 years. He now serves as an Anglican Reader (and diocesan ecumenical officer) and Methodist Local Preacher. Tim lives with his wife on the Isle of Man, where he is currently investigating the impact of the Protestant Reformation.

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