Costa Carras, born in London in 1938, first met Father Anthony, as he then was, when a schoolboy in 1955, before studying Philosophy together with Ancient History and Literature at Oxford, where he was President of the Student Christian Movement between May 1958 and May 1959.
He was a member of Metropolitan Anthony’s Diocese and London parish from 1961 until 1999, serving as a member of the three-man Committee Metropolitan Anthony set uo in 1977 to draft Diocesan Statutes, which were adopted in 1979 and then as a member of the Diocesan Assembly and Council from 1979. He was elected Chairman of both and served for ten years as such between 1989 and 1999.
He also served as Co-Chairman of the British Council of Churches Commission on Trinitarian Doctrine set up at Metropolitan Anthony’s suggestion in 1981 to celebrate the Second Ecumenical Council, held in Constantinople, in 381. He co-edited with Andrew Walker the book “Living Orthodoxy in the Modern World” (SPCK 1996).
Together with his wife Lydia, Costa founded Greece’s main cultural heritage and environmental organization, “Elliniki Etairia – Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage” in 1972. In 1988 he organized on behalf of Elliniki Etairia and the Ecumenical Patriarchate the first Patmos Conference on “Religion and the Environment”. He has served since 1973 as a Council Member of Europa Nostra, the federation of cultural heritage organisations covering all Council of Europe member states. Elliniki Etairia has raised funds for and overseen the conservation of several Orthodox Christian Churches both within and outside Greece.
Costa Carras became a MASF Trustee in September 2013 and has spoken at several MASF Conferences
Seraphim Alton Honeywell
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.
Gillian Crow was born in London in 1943 of English parentage. From a young age she developed an interest in Russia and its culture, including its Church. She first encountered Metropolitan Anthony in 1961 in a broadcast for schools; and in 1983, having been very moved by his book, ‘School for Prayer’, she was received by him into the Orthodox Church, becoming a member of his Cathedral parish in London.
In the early 1990s she became Diocesan Secretary of his Diocesan Assembly and Council, a position she held until after his death in 2003. For many years she was an Orthodox representative to the national ecumenical bodies, Churches Together in England and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
In 1994, after the publication of a number of articles on Orthodoxy for the national and religious press, her first book, on St. Matthew’s Gospel, was published; and she has continued writing articles, RE material and books since then. In 2005 her biography of Metropolitan Anthony, ‘This Holy Man’, was published and has been translated into Romanian and Finnish, and is currently being translated into Russian. She has spoken at an MASF Conference in London and in Moscow at its sister Conference.
Gillian has a degree in Latin. She has worked in the travel industry and as a Civil Servant. She is married, with three adult children. She is now a member of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at its Russian Tradition Parish of the Dormition, Holborn, London.
Ilya Umanskiy first listened to Metropolitan Anthony on BBC in 1976, at the age of 13. This happened in the USSR, in the full vacuum of the word of faith or religious literature available to a 13 year old boy in a Russian provincial city. The extent of such vacuum can be illustrated by the following story. BBC 30 min religious programs on Sundays at the time included the cycle of talks on the 'Our Father' prayer 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 cycle and reconstruct the prayer from individual phrases.
With passage of time, this remote acquaintance with Metropolitan Anthony formed Ilya's life as a Christian. In the early 1980s, he was privileged to listen to Metropolitan Anthony live being present at one of his 'apartment talks' during his visit to Moscow as well as two of his later, more public talks in Moscow in the late 1980s. Ilya was also privileged to attend a few services at Ennismore Gardens in late 1990s, with Metropolitan Anthony leading the service.
In his 20s Ilya wouldn't believe there could exist people who would listen to Metropolitan Anthony and not get immediately converted. Being a bit more realistic now he still thinks spreading the word of Metropolitan Anthony is of great importance to the young and the old in search of the word of life. This motivates him to act as a trustee of MASF.
Throughout his professional carrier, Mr. Umanskiy has held various leadership roles in the 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.