Seraphim Alton Honeywell has been the Secretary and Treasurer of the Foundation since 2014. At present a member and the Treasurer of the Orthodox Parish of the Annunciation in Oxford, he first encountered the late Father Peter Scorer in the Parish of the Holy Prophet Elias in Devon, which he joined when he first became Orthodox in 1985. Seraphim attended many Conferences and other talks given by the late Metropolitan Anthony within the former Diocese of Sourozh. In 2006 he moved to jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and has remained there ever since; between 2006 and 2010 he was the Treasurer of the Episcopal Vicariate and a member of its Council. Now retired, Seraphim was a notary and solicitor working in Northamptonshire, where he still lives in a small rural hamlet.
Ilya Umanskiy first listened to Metropolitan Anthony on the BBC in 1976, when he was 13. This happened in the USSR, when there was no religious freedom and no religious literature available to a 13 year old boy in a Russian provincial city. This religious vacuum can be illustrated by the following story. The 30 minute BBC religious broadcasts on Sundays at the time included a series of talks on the Lord’s Prayer, given by Metropolitan Anthony and Father Vladimir (later Bishop Basil (Rodzyanko)). Unfortunately, each talk was devoted to only one phrase of the prayer, so it took Ilya seven weeks to get to know the whole prayer because he had to tape record the whole series and reconstruct the prayer from individual phrases.
With the passage of time, this distant acquaintance with Metropolitan Anthony formed Ilya's life as a Christian. In the early 1980s, he was privileged to listen to Metropolitan Anthony live as he attended one of Metropolitan Anthony’s 'apartment talks' during his visit to Moscow, as well as two of his later, more public talks, in Moscow in the late 1980s. Ilya also had the privilege of attending a few services at Ennismore Gardens in late 1990s, with Metropolitan Anthony leading the service.
In his 20s Ilya could not believe that there were people who had heard Metropolitan Anthony speak and were not immediately converted. Today he is more realistic, but he still thinks that, for both young and old in search of the Word of Life, spreading Metropolitan Anthony’s teaching is vitally important. This motivates him as a trustee of MASF.
Throughout his professional career, Ilya Umanskiy has held various leadership roles in international IT companies.
Fr Stéphane Maikovsky
Fr Stéphane was born in France from a father of Russian origin (his father’s family left Russia in the Exodus of 1920) and an English mother. Fr Stéphane is cradle Orthodox. His family worshipped at the Cathedral of St Alexander Nevsky in rue Daru, Paris, and he was married there in 1988. After some years living in France, the United States and West Africa, Fr Stéphane settled in Britain, attending services at the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and All Saints where Metropolitan Anthony made a great impression on him. Fr Stéphane entered the sanctuary and was ordained to the diaconate at the Cathedral in 2004. He was ordained to the priesthood at St Andrew Holborn in 2007 and became priest in charge of the Community of St Simeon and St Anna in Hertfordshire, then Rector of the Parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God in London in 2014. He was elevated to the rank of Archpriest in 2017. Fr Stéphane has been a Trustee of the Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Foundation since 2013.
Lisa von Schlippe
Lisa von Schlippe was born in London and is cradle Orthodox. She was brought up attending and singing in the choir at the Parish of the Dormition and All Saints, Ennismore Gardens, which was headed by Metropolitan Anthony. She had the privilege of hearing his sermons every week, as well as participating in the retreats he led and attending various talks. From her early teens, Lisa attended the Diocesan Conferences founded by Metropolitan Anthony where he was a key speaker. She served on the Parish Council of the Cathedral for 9 years, and was a Trustee of the Cathedral Parish.
She is now a member of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at its Russian Tradition Parish of the Dormition, Holborn, London, serving on the Parish Advisory Council, and has been elected to serve on Deanery and Archdiocesan bodies.
Lisa has been a Trustee of the Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Foundation since 2013.
Xenia Dennen read French and Russian at Oxford and then Russian Politics at the London School of Economics. In 1967 she started working as Canon Michael Bourdeaux’s assistant and went on to help him, two academics and Sir John Lawrence, a former diplomat, to found Keston Institute in 1969, which studies religion in communist and former communist countries. She founded Keston’s academic journal, Religion in Communist Lands (now entitled Religion, State & Society) in 1973, which before the fall of communism included translations of many soviet samizdat documents. In the early 1990s, when presented with all the issues of the journal published during its first ten years, the Director of the Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow, Ekaterina Yurievna Genieva, said these volumes were “a treasure”! From 1992-1999 Xenia was often in Moscow, working as Keston’s Moscow representative. In 2002 she was elected Chairman of Keston Institute, a role she continues to fulfil. For the past 20 years she has participated in the field research for a study of all religions in the Russian Federation, which has been published in Russian in seven volumes, and until the invasion of Ukraine had contributed to the work on a second edition. This research involved travelling to most parts of European Russia as well as to Siberia, the Far North and even as far East as Kamchatka. While an Oxford undergraduate she sang in the choir of the Russian Orthodox Church in Oxford, then conducted by Fr Michael Fortunato, and knew Nicholas Zernov and his wife well, and also Fr Peter Scorer, who in those days was a member of the choir. She is a member of the Anglican Church and married to the Venerable Lyle Dennen, former Archdeacon of Hackney in London.