His Eminence Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon (Adamakis) was born December 19, 1958, in Crete. He received his secondary education in France, attending the Sorbonne in Paris, before continuing his studies at the Catholic University of Paris and at the Saint Serge Orthodox Theological Institute. He was ordained a deacon and priest in 1985. He later enrolled in Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts and received his Masters in 1987. Upon completion of his studies, he was appointed chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Benelux, while serving as Dean of the parish of the Archangels in Brussels and teaching Orthodox Religion in European Schools. In 1995, he was appointed by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew director of the Liaison Office of the Orthodox Church to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium.
On November 11, 1996, he was consecrated as auxiliary bishop of the Benelux diocese. On January 20, 2003, he was unanimously elected Metropolitan of France by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. On February 16, 2021, he was unanimously elected Elder Metropolitan of Chalcedon. Metropolitan Emmanuel is Vice President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). He was President of the CEC from 2009 until 2013. In addition, His Eminence was appointed by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Orthodox and Ancient Oriental Churches dialogue, as well as to diverse inter-religious and ecumenical meetings and ministries.
Additionally, his Eminence represents the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the academic dialogues with Judaism and Islam. He is Co-President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP). He has also been honored to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. Metropolitan Emmanuel has been named “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” in France and granted the “Order of Honor” in Greece.