Our History

The Anglican Church in Finland was originally founded by members of the Anglican Chaplaincy in St. Petersburg, fleeing the Russian Revolution. It is likely that they first stayed in Viipuri before moving further West to Helsinki. The first recorded Anglican service in Finland took place in 1923, although it is possible that services were held before then.

Chaplains were linked with the British Embassies in Helsinki and Moscow until 1993. They were based in Helsinki and traveled once a month in to Moscow and once a year to Ulan Bataar. Currently, the Anglican Church in Finland also encompasses work done in Estonia.

Over the years, services have been held in a multitude of locations. Members who have been with the St. Nicholas Chaplaincy for 50 years remember celebrating the Eucharist in the Chaplain’s personal flat. St. Nicholas Chaplaincy currently worships at Mikael Agricola Church as part of our common service with the Finnish Lutheran Church.

Previous Chaplains

  • Harold Isherwood, Chaplain 1951 to 1954
  • Eric Staples, Chaplain 1966 to 1980
  • Michael Pitts, Chaplain 1981 to 1985
  • Alan Cole. Chaplain 1986 to 1990
  • Tyler Strand. Chaplain 1990 to 1993
  • Michael Hazelton, Assistant Chaplain 1994 to 1995
  • Rupert Moreton, Chaplain 1998 to 2011