“I am very happy and humbled to be asked and entrusted by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios with this opportunity and responsibility,” Bishop Iakovos told Neos Kosmos.

From 2002, Bishop Iakovos served as parish priest and college chaplain at Sts. Anargiri in Oakleigh, and in 2011 made history when he became the first ever Australian-born to be ordained as an Orthodox Bishop. Since then, he has been serving alongside His Grace Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis.

Over the past eight years, Bishop Iakovos said that aside from his work in Melbourne, he has visited and served throughout Queensland several times. So when news of his relocation was made public, he received a “warm reception” from the community in Brisbane.