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. Robert Duncan is the Archbishop of the Church and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.

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.

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Governance

The Anglican Church in North America is a conciliar church where clergy and laity serve together in leadership. The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, serves as the Anglican Church in North America's first 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]

Archbishop Robert Duncan

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

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

Resolution on Women and the Priesthood

Glossary of Terms

Office of the Archbishop


The Most Rev. Robert Duncan

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

Archbishop Duncan was ordained a deacon in 1972 and a priest later that same year. In 1995, he was elected bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and continues to serve Pittsburgh as their Bishop. He became known outside of Pittsburgh for his role in mission and for his efforts to draw together the Anglican Church in North America. An extraordinary leader at a critical moment in church history, Duncan was elected to the office of Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America in June 2009. Archbishop Duncan and his wife, Nara, have one married daughter, Louise Elizabeth, and two grandchildren.

For a more detailed biography of Archbishop Duncan, click here [PDF].


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

Canon for Provincial and Global Mission

Canon Lumanog is the chief programmatic officer of the Anglican Church in North America, assisting the Archbishop in carrying out the mission of the Province, both domestically and with international Anglican mission partners. 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.


Anglican Church in North America Staff


Brad Root Chief Operating Officer

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Brad serves the Anglican Church in North America as the Chief Operating Officer and oversees the overall function, development and administration of the Province. 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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 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 combinations of skills to the office. He and his wife Summer have three children, and spend many evenings supporting them in soccer and gymnastics.

Lori Woodbridge Accounting & Administrative Assistant

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Working with our finance team, Lori’s responsibilities include the processing and posting of donor contributions and deposits, invoice creation, and payment processing, among other activities. Lori has brought with her many talents from seven years of previous experience as an inventory manager in the steel industry. Lori lives in Ellwood City, Pa., with her husband, Bart, and their son, Travis. In her free time, she enjoys finding and experimenting with new recipes along with scrapbooking.


Emily Exler Accounting & Database Clerk .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Emily 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. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and Trinity School for Ministry, Emily has more than 5 years’ experience in finance. Emily lives in Beaver County and enjoys building doll houses, going to movies, and spending time with her friends.