Simon Evers was elected Coordinator of the Network at the 14th Consultation in Debrecen in June 2016.
He has been the president of VGVZ (Netherlands) from June 7th, 2010 till June 27th, 2016.
He was born in 1959 and active as chaplain in the OLVG, Amsterdam (www.olvg.nl) 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, Debrecen in 2016 and Blankenberge in 2018.
Elected as a committee member in 2016 and 2018.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). 2014 he participated in a consultation in Salzburg, 2016 in Debrecen and 2018 in Blankenberge.
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.
Margery has not always worked in healthcare chaplaincy. She began work as a school teacher in Edinburgh until, after 20 years, illness caused her to give up work. It was during several years of incapacity that she felt called into a new line of work.
She returned to study, taking a degree in theology at the University of Edinburgh and training to be a counsellor. She accepted a post as part time chaplain in the Forth Valley area of central Scotland and after 5 years was asked to take on the full-time job of leading and developing the new Spiritual Care Department, following Scottish government guidelines.
As Scottish healthcare chaplaincy began to progress, Margery became involved in all areas of development, championing the use of Values Based Reflective Practice (VBRP) among various healthcare disciplines, the Community Chaplaincy Listening service (CCL) in medical practices and piloting the Scottish Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM). During these years, Margery represented Scottish Chaplaincy at ENHCC Consultations in Portugal and Estonia.
With a special interest in palliative care, Margery took a Masters Degree in enhanced palliative care practice, completing and publishing research on the search for a higher power at the end of life. She became involved with the organisation of the Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplains (AHPCC) in the UK, representing it at ENHCC in Austria, Hungary and Belgium. She is dedicated to promoting high standards of work, research and self-care in chaplaincy.
Having retired from full time work and content to be a part time hospice chaplain again, she now has time to sing in two choirs, one of which involves European travel, play golf when the Scottish weather allows and enjoy her grandchildren.
Fr. Stavros Kofinas was born (1949) and raised in the U.S.A.. After his theological studies (B.A., M. Div) at Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology, he received his doctorate (D.Min) in Clinical Psychology and Psychiatric and Pastoral Care from Andover-Newton Theological School. He was ordained to the Diaconate in 1973 and to the Priesthood in 1976. He serves as the Coordinator of the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care.
As representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, he organized the 6th European Consultation of Hospital Chaplaincy that took place on Crete in 2000. At this Consultation, the European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy was founded. Fr. Stavros coordinated the ENHCC for ten years (2000-2010).
He has been the celebrant at the Holy Monastery of St. Meletios of Kitherona in Northwest Attica (Metropolis of Megara and Salamina) since 1994. In the past, he served as the priest of the Red Cross Hospital of Athens (1976-1988) and the parish of St. Nicholas in Thebes (1988-1994). He is well experienced in the field of psychotherapy and pastoral care. In the realm of his ministry, he has led many psychotherapeutic groups, particularly for couples, parents and young people. He has organized and taken part in many educational seminars, training programs and conferences for clergy, doctors, nurses and social workers in Greece and abroad. Parallel to this, he is well known for his writings in the area of psychology and pastoral care.
Axel Liégeois is a catholic moral and pastoral theologian from Belgium. He studied philosophy, theology and ethics and 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.
IrelandDaniel Nuzum was elected to the committee in June 2018 at the 15th ENHCC Consultation in Blankenberge.
Daniel is an Anglican Priest in the Church of Ireland, a Healthcare Chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor at Cork University Hospital and Cork University Maternity Hospital Ireland. Daniel’s research areas are in the area of perinatal bereavement and palliative care. Daniel is an active member of the Pregnancy Loss Research Group at the INFANT Centre, University College Cork and a lecturer in the College of Medicine and Health at University College Cork.
Daniel holds a PhD from University College Cork and MTh from the pontifical University, St Patrick’s College Maynooth.
Daniel is the secretary of the Chaplaincy Accreditation Board and a member of the Irish Health Service Multifaith Chaplaincy Advisory Council.
Daniel enjoys reading, cinema, music and is the proud father of five children.
Gudrun was elected as a committee member in June 2018. She is also a member in the board of the Association of Hospital Chaplains in the Church of Sweden. Gudrun got her bachelor of theology at the University of Uppsala and was ordained minister in the Church of Sweden in 1989 and has served as a minister since then. For nine years she was a parish vicar and since 2011 hospital chaplain at the University Hospital in Uppsala. During her theology studies she worked a period in Tanzania as a teacher at a Secondary school. She has training in healthcare chaplaincy, supervision in teams, pastoral care and leadership. She has organized conferences for healthcare chaplains in Sweden. As a hospital chaplain she has a special interest in psychiatry. In 2017 she completed an education in writing hymn texts and in spare time she also writes music and songs she occasionally performs with other musicians. Walking in nature, reading, singing in a choir, going to the gym are also activities she prefers doing when not working. She lives in the city of Uppsala with her husband and have three grown up sons.
Webmaster: 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.