The Christian presence in Famagusta stretches back to the 1st century when St. Paul and St. Barnabas came to Salamis, recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. The political geography of the city has changed several times over the course of the past two millenniums. The most recent demographic change was the events of 1974 when many Christians fled South of the UN buffer zone.
In 1994, a small group of Christians felt the call to offer their own fellowship within the city, many of whom were the teaching staff at the university (EMU). The university has been very supportive in helping the fellowship to secure a regular venue for worship. The Revd Robin Brookes became the chaplain to the Famagusta fellowship in 2003, and the fellowship became the Anglican chaplaincy of St. Mark's in 2006.
The current congregation meets at an Orthodox Church, (little St. George's) within the proximity of campus. The Revd Zinkoo Han came and worked with Robin and took over as chaplain when Robin retired in 2010. With the restructuring of the archdeaconary in 2014 St. Marks became part of the Ammochostos Parish (the ancient name of the region is South East Cyprus), including St. John's, Deryneia and Christ Church, Ayia Napa. Mr Harry Ching became the first Lay Student Chaplain in September 2014, under the supervision of the Revd Gabriel Amat, and was ordained in June 2016. In November 2016 Revd Harry Ching was appointed as a Stipendiary Curate in the Parish and Chaplaincy of Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, and Mr Justin Arnott replaced him as Lay Student Chaplain. The Rev’d Kinsgley Douglas joined us at the beginning of the year. The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf sent one of its Deacons to the St. Mark’s Parish Famagusta for three months. We are glad to have him for two more.
Today St. Marks continue to answer God's call to bear faithful witness to Christ's ministry and to serve the needs of the community in Famagusta.