The Network Committee

Simon Evers

Coordinator: Fr Simon Evers


Simon Evers was elected Coordinator of the Network at the 14th Consultation in Debrecen in June 2016.

He has been the president of VGVZ since June 7th, 2010.
He was born in 1959 and active as chaplain in the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis (Amsterdam – ) since 1996. From 1979 until 2001 he was a Benedictine of the St Andrew's Abbey in Bruges (Belgium) and there he was ordained a priest in 1988. He is now a priest of the Diocese Haarlem-Amsterdam.
He studied theology in Bruges and Rome. His hobbies are organizing and conducting trips, especially to Rome and Italy, to go hiking and listening to classical music.

He attended the consultations in London in 2010, Mennorode in 2012, Salzburg in 2014 and Debrecen in 2016.


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Adamantios Avgoustidis

Rev Dr Prof Adamantios G. Avgoustidis


Rev. Dr Adamantios G Avgoustidis,MD, PhD, Psychiatrist, Theologian, is a Professor at the University of Athens and a priest (protopresbyter) of the Christian Orthodox Church of Greece.
Fr Adamantios served as the Director of the "Psychiatric and Pastoral Care Service" of the Centre for Mental Health (C.M.H.) of Athens, Supervisor of a Deinstitutionalization program for long-term and severe institutionalized mental patients ("Boarding House Unit of Levadia"- a rehabilitation program for chronic psychotic patients) and of the National “Foster Families Program” of the C.M.H. Presently, and later as member of the Board of Directors of the C.M.H. He is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Psychology at the School of Theology at the University of Athens.
He had been the president of "European Council for Pastoral Care and Counseling" (ECPCC). Apart from his academic position, he is the Vicar General of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens, Greece and the General Director of the "Pastoral Training Foundation". Among other activities, the foundation offers training and supervision to the hospital chaplains of the Archdiocese. He is also a member of the synodal committee for pastoral care issues, working on a global proposal for the renovation of hospital chaplaincy in Greece.

He attended the consultations in London in 2010, Mennorode in 2012, Salzburg in 2014 and Debrecen in 2016 where he was elected a committee member.



Karoliina Nikula

Dr. Karoliina Nikula


Karoliina Nikula has PhD in theology (social ethics). Her doctoral thesis was in the field of bioethics / health care ethics. She is educated as hospital chaplain in Finland. She has worked as a leading hospital chaplain in Kotka (2011-2015). She is currently doing research in the field of pastoral theology. Karoliina attented her first consultation in Salzburg in 2014 and was elected as a committee member. She was re-elected as a member at Debrecen in 2016.



Mark Burleigh

Rev Mark Burleigh

United Kingdom

Mark worked as a computer programmer, before training for Christian ministry and being ordained as a Baptist minister in 1986. He served in two local churches (Horsham & Leicester) and in university chaplaincy (De Montfort University, Leicester) before becoming a hospital chaplain.
He has been a healthcare chaplain since 1994 in the religiously diverse city of Leicester, England. He leads the team of chaplains from Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh faiths and volunteers from these faiths as well as the Baha'i, Buddhist, Jain and Jewish faiths. His team is also the first in the UK to employ a non-religious Spiritual Care Giver.
He has been active in the life of the UK's College of Health Care Chaplains (CHCC) since 2002, serving on local and national committees. He was responsible for the redesign of the CHCC website ( in 2010 and 2016. He was elected as CHCC President to serve from January 2012.
As CHCC President he has worked to build stronger working relationships between groups interested in healthcare chaplaincy, including the UK Board for Healthcare Chaplaincy, the Healthcare Chaplaincy Faith and Belief Group, and the British Humanist Association. He is a member of England's Chaplaincy Leadership Forum Executive and was involved in the consultation on NHS England's new NHS Chaplaincy Guidelines 2015: Promoting Excellence in Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care (2015).
Mark is keen to help develop the ENHCC as a committee member by sharing the insights he has gained in his current roles. Mark was elected on to the ENHCC Committee in June 2016.
He also manages the Leicester hospitals' bereavement service and is also a proud grandfather!



Siimon Haamer

Mag Siimon Haamer


Elected as a committee member in 2016.

Siimon Haamer was born in 1973. He is deacon of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. His elder brothers as well as father and grandfather belong to Lutheran clergy. In 1998 Siimon was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Theology. Further he has attended different training courses designed for pastoral care givers and counsellors. In 2016 he defended the master's thesis Mentoring and Spiritual Direction in the Clergy of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. In the Institute of Theology of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Siimon has been in charge of the department that provides education for pastoral care givers and counsellors and for hospital chaplains. He has been active in developing that field since 1998.
In 2008, Siimon and his brother Naatan Haamer organised an ENHCC consultation in Tartu (Estonia), and in 2014 he participated in a consultation in Salzburg and later, 2016, in Debrecen.
Siimon is married and he has two children, a son and daughter. His hobbies encompass different sport activities, but especially close to his heart is Scouting, which has been his favourite activity for several decades already.



Axel Liégeois

Prof Dr Axel Liégeois


Axel Liégeois is a catholic moral and pastoral theologian from Belgium. He studied philosophy, theology and ethics was trained in counselling and pastoral supervision. At this time, he is professor of pastoral and practical theology at the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Leuven. He holds the chair for pastoral and ethical research and teaching in the field of care for people with a mental disorder or a mental disability. He also works as ethical and pastoral advisor for the Brothers of Charity in Gent, a religious congregation with twenty five services for people with mental disorder or disability in Belgium. Axel is the convenor of the 2018 consultation in Leuven, Belgium.



Judit Gal

Rev Judit Gál


Elected as a committee member in 2012. Judit Gál is a Reformed Church minister. Since 1993 she has worked as a chaplain in a state hospital. She studied Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Atlanta, USA (1995-97) and graduated in Pastoral phsychology at the University of Debrecen. In 2000 she received a commission from her church Synod to be the coordinator, leader of the hospital chaplaincy in her church. Her tasks include: organising meetings, helping to establish new positions, joining forces with chaplains, increasing collaboration with the Hungarian chaplains in the Carpathian basin. She has supervised students of theology in hospital practice and is an active volunteer group work organiser. She is also involved in the work of the Reformed Mission Centre since 2009. She lives with her husband and her daughter. Judit first attended the 11th Consultation in London in 2010.




Efstathios SavviddesWebmaster: Fr Efstathios Savvides


Fr Efstathios Savvides, representing the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, is a priest (protopresbyter), the chaplain for the Arodafnousa Palliative Care Hospice for Cancer Patients since 2006 and one of the two chaplains of the Nicosia General Hospital since 2009. He is the celebrant at the church of St. Arsenios the Cappadocian, situated within the grounds of the Arodafnousa Hospice. Fr Efstathios is a theologian and a holder of a B.Sc in Computer Science and an M.B.A. He has attended the consultations in London in 2010, Salzburg in 2014 and Debrecen in 2016 and has been the ENHCC's webmaster from June 2014.