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 Chaplaincy records, titled “Chaplaincy in St Petersburg including Riga, Reval and Helsingfors. Petersburg – 1917 – Helsingfors – North of Moscow” mention that The English Church in Helsingfors received a donation of 30.000 Finnish Marks from Alice Borgström Fund in 1917. Another note mentions a “Silver Jubilee Fund” in 1940, indicating that there was an English Church in Finland already 1915.

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, and annual trips are made to foster our relationship with Revd Gustav Piir and his congregation.

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


Previous Chaplains

Frank North, Chaplain to Helsinki and Moscow (1920-1925), earlier the Chaplain of St Andrew’s Moscow before he was expelled from Russia
Clement (C. H.) Jones (1925-1936)
F. H. Newbery (1936-1939)

Locum priests (1940-1948)

Sydney Linton (1948–1951),[6] first Chaplain after the Second World War
Henry Isherwood (1951–1954), Assistant Bishop (Diocese of Gibraltar) 1974
Clement (C. H.) Jones (1954–1956)
John Richard Satterthwaite (1956–1957), Bishop of Fulham and Bishop of Gibraltar 1970, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe 1980.
J. B. Roberts (1958-1959)
John Coulson Rogers (1960–1961)
Brian Horlock (1961-1962)
William Mansfield Masters (1962–1966)
Edward Eric Staples (1966–1980), Chaplain to the Queen 1973
Michael James Pitts (1981–1985), Dean of Christ Church Cathedral (Montreal) 1991
Alan Michael Cole (1986–1990)
Tyler Strand (1990–1993)
Francis Chadwick (1993–1998)
Rupert Robert James Moreton (1998–2011)