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About the Anglican Church in North America


The Anglican Church in North America unites some 100,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States and Canada into a single Church. It is an emerging Province in the global Anglican Communion. The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach is the Archbishop of the Church and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South.

The Anglican Church in North America was initiated at the request of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in June 2008 and formally recognized by the GAFCON Primates – leaders of Anglican Churches representing 70 percent of the active Anglicans globally – on April 16, 2009 after a thorough examination of the Anglican Church's leadership, organizational structure, proposed constitution and proposed canons.

To learn more about the Anglican Church in North America and what it means to be an Anglican Christian, download our brochure by clicking here.

What we stand for

Members of the Anglican Church in North America are in the mainstream, both globally and historically, of Christianity – the biblically-faithful way of following Jesus and being part of the “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church”. As Anglicans, this orthodoxy is defined by and centered on our church’s classic formularies – the Book of Common Prayer, including the Ordinal, and the Thirty-nine Articles – which all point back to the authority of the Holy Bible and articulate foundational principles of the Anglican tradition throughout the world. We wholeheartedly embrace the The Jerusalem Declaration [PDF], the founding declaration of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, and the Theological Statement of the Common Cause Partnership – the precursor to the Anglican Church in North America.

Theological Statement

We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. Therefore, the Anglican Church in North America identifies the following seven elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way, and essential for membership:

  1. We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.
  2. We confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.
  3. We confess the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.
  4. We confess as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles', the Nicene, and the Athanasian.
  5. Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.
  6. We receive The Book of Common Prayer as set forth by the Church of England in 1662, together with the Ordinal attached to the same, as a standard for Anglican doctrine and discipline, and, with the Books which preceded it, as the standard for the Anglican tradition of worship.
  7. We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571, taken in their literal and grammatical sense, as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues controverted at that time, and as expressing the fundamental principles of authentic Anglican belief.

In all these things, the Anglican Church in North America is determined by the help of God to hold and maintain as the Anglican Way has received them the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ.

"The Anglican Communion," Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher wrote, "has no peculiar thought, practice, creed or confession of its own. It has only the Catholic Faith of the ancient Catholic Church, as preserved in the Catholic Creeds and maintained in the Catholic and Apostolic constitution of Christ's Church from the beginning." It may licitly teach as necessary for salvation nothing but what is read in the Holy Scriptures as God's Word written or may be proved thereby. It therefore embraces and affirms such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the Scriptures, and thus to be counted apostolic. The Church has no authority to innovate: it is obliged continually, and particularly in times of renewal or reformation, to return to "the faith once delivered to the saints."

To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a "Mere Christian," at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.

History

Globally, regionally and locally, Anglicanism is in the process of reformation. Within the last decades, the Episcopal Church in the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada have increasingly accommodated and incorporated un-Biblical, un-Anglican practices and teaching.

In the context of this widening theological gap, the existing geography-based organizational model of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada became problematic for orthodox Anglicans. Orthodox parishes, clergy and dioceses that upheld Biblical authority and historic Anglican practice became isolated within their existing structures.

Distressed churches and entire dioceses began to disaffiliate from the established provinces in North America and seek episcopal oversight and spiritual care from Anglican Provinces and leaders in other parts of the world, including the primates and churches of Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South America and Uganda. Beginning in 2000 with the Church of Rwanda, these leaders have responded by accepting orthodox Anglican parishes and dioceses in North America into their care.

Read the rest in Our Genesis

Read more about our first archbishop The Most Rev. Robert Duncan

Governance

The Anglican Church in North America is a conciliar church where clergy and laity serve together in leadership. The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, serves as the Anglican Church in North America's second Archbishop. Bishops meet together as the College of Bishops. Laity and clergy take leadership responsibility on the Provincial Council and during the Provincial Assembly.

PDF Downloads:

Constitution and Canons [PDF] This edition reflects changes ratified by the 2014 Assembly.

The Ordinal: The Form and Manner of Ordaining Bishops, Priests, and Deacons

Rosters: Officers, Courts, Task Forces and Committees [PDF]

Office of the Archbishop


The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach

Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South

Archbishop Beach's passion is to share the Word of God in such a way as to help others discover the incredible living Jesus. Beach served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA, from its founding in February 2004, until December, 2013. On October 9, 2010, he was consecrated in Atlanta, Georgia as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South in the Anglican Church in North America. Beach is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at the University of the South, and Georgia State University. Married for more than 30 years, he and his wife, Allison, have two grown children and make their home in the Metro-Atlanta area.


The Venerable Canon Dr. Jon (Jack) I. Lumanog

Chief Operating Officer

Canon Lumanog is the Chief Operating Officer for the Anglican Church in North America, and oversees the overall function, development and administration of the Province. He is also a National Trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund and a Chaplain with the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol where he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Canon Lumanog was ordained a deacon in 2000 and a priest in 2002. Previously, he served as a diocesan executive, senior pastor and church planter with additional corporate experience in radio and television news and in directing advertising and marketing for a national newspaper. Canon Jack and his wife, Amy, have two daughters, Ainsley Mae and Hadley Grace.


Betty Shanks

Assistant to the Archbishop

Betty Shanks leads the administrative operation of the Archbishop's office in Georgia, and supports the Bishop’s travel and scheduling. Betty started working for Archbishop Beach as his assistant at the Anglican Diocese of the South before its official birth in 2010. She is married to R. C. Shanks. She grew up in Opelika, AL. ”After attending and working at Auburn University, I moved from there in 1974 and worked and lived in Maryland, Sicily, and Virginia. I moved to Georgia in 1998 and worked in the corporate world in downtown Atlanta and Buckhead. I accepted a job at Holy Cross, Loganville, Georgia in 2008 and then for the Diocese of the South in 2010. I’ve enjoyed many hobbies in my life including golfing, bowling, gardening, sewing, and now my favorite is playing and teaching Mah Jongg!” Betty shared, “I consider my greatest achievement is my son, who gave me a wonderful daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, all living in Jacksonville, FL.”


Anglican Church in North America Staff


Brad Root Senior Advisor

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Brad previously served as the first Chief Operating Officer of the Anglican Church in North America and currently serves as a Senior Advisor through the third quarter of 2014 during this time of transition. Driven by his passion for the foundational establishment and growth of the Anglican Church in North America, and his more than 20 years of experience in starting and building organizations, Brad is uniquely equipped to serve in such a role for the Province. An enthusiastic athlete, Brad enjoys coaching lacrosse and training for and competing in marathons and triathlons. He and his wife, Holly, worship with their children, Madison, Tucker, Bradley, and Devon at Christ Church, Fox Chapel in Fox Chapel, PA.


The Rev. Kirk Patterson Controller

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As Controller for the Anglican Church in North America, Rev. Patterson plays the vital role of managing the financial matters of the Province. Ordained a Deacon in 2006, he joined the accounting staff of the Anglican Communion Network in 2007 and continued his work at the Anglican Church in North America beginning in 2009. Kirk is a graduate of Trinity School for Ministry. He and his wife, Tricia, are also involved in ministry in the Conway, Pa., area. When not playing with his four children, Kirk enjoys coaching basketball, playing piano and training his Black Lab, Mozart.


The Rev. Andrew Gross Director of Communications

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The Rev. Andrew Gross serves as the press officer for the Anglican Church in North America, and oversees the Province's communications platforms. With a background in writing, photography, and design as well as ten years of experience in parish ministry the Rev. Gross brings a unique combination of skills to the office. He and his wife Summer have three children, and spend many evenings supporting them in soccer and gymnastics.


Pam Norris Coordinator of Special Projects

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Pam Norris has been the Coordinator of Special Projects for the Provincial Office since May 2013. Her duties include answering the phone, coordinating Provincial meetings, and administrative support for the staff in Ambridge. Pam is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. Before her work at the Anglican Church in North America, she held positions at an international tradeshow company in Pittsburgh. She has been a Christian since 1991 and is active in her church. Pam has been married to her husband, Rod for 28 years and has two grown children, John and Sarah, and a daughter-in-law, Jess. Pam and Rod enjoy trips to Penn State to see John and Jess, golfing, gardening and game nights.


Abby Opal Accounting & Database Clerk

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Abby serves the finance and communications teams in various ways including, but not limited to, processing donor contributions and deposits, writing and processing invoices, maintaining the database, and assisting with the annual congregational report.