(ACNS)-Bishop Clive Handford of Cyprus and the Gulf has been elected president bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East following the retirement of Bishop Iraj Mottahedeh this monthl.
Bishop Handford was ordained in England in 1963 and has served in the Middle East in Baghdad, Beirut, Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi.
Before returning to the province, he was successively Archdeacon of Nottingham and Bishop of Warwick. He became Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf in May 1996.
At the same meeting of the Central Synod, Archdeacon Ian Young was appointed Provincial Secretary in succession to Bishop Riah Hanna Abu El-Assal, Bishop in Jerusalem.