The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South
The Most Reverend Doctor Foley Beach was elected the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America on June 22, 2014. He is also the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, headquartered in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
Archbishop Beach is a graduate of Georgia State University, the University of the South, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He began his ministry by serving teenagers through Young Life. Prior to serving as archbishop and bishop, he planted and led Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia.
The scripture verse that has most guided his ministry is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (ESV)
Archbishop Beach can be heard on radio stations in the U.S. and around the world via his teaching ministry, A Word from the Lord, and his One-Minute Message, an evangelism outreach to the unchurched.
He and his wife, Allison, are life-long Georgians and have two adult children. For more information please visit his webpage here.
The Rev. Canon Alan Hawkins
Chief Operating Officer
Prior to becoming the COO, Canon Hawkins served as both the Provincial Canon for Development and a member of the Finance Team as well as the Provincial Director for Church Planting. Alan is based in Greensboro, North Carolina where he and his family have helped to plant and lead the Church of the Redeemer over the last twelve years. Church of the Redeemer is a thriving congregation in the center of the town, and has just moved into a new building. Canon Hawkins remains in Greensboro, traveling as necessary to oversee the staff and operations in the Provincial Office outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Archbishop’s office outside Atlanta, Georgia.
The Rev. Canon Lawrence McElrath
Archbishop's Canon and Chaplain
Rev. McElrath is a U.S. Army Chaplain who, prior to joining the staff, served as Assistant to the Bishop’s Chaplain for the Special Jurisdiction for the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy and Curate at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Hudson, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Educational Ministries from Malone University and a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. With over 10 years of experience, Fr. McElrath is a great addition to the staff in service to the Lord.
The Rev. Canon Dan Alger
Canon for Church Planting
Dan is leading the efforts of our Province to create a strong movement of church planting that multiplies healthy churches and healthy church planters. Dan has a long history in church planting, having helped church planters and church plants as a friend, trainer and coach for many years. He is currently planting a church in the greater Atlanta area, before that having started a church in Fayetteville, NC in the military community surrounding Fort Bragg where he was Pastor for 10 years. Dan is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Trinity School for Ministry. Alongside his work for the Province, he also currently serves as the Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Diocese of the South. Dan is married to Karen and they have two young sons. For fun, Dan is also a musician, disc golfer and home brewer.
The Rev. Canon Steven Tighe, Ph.D
Canon for Youth Ministry
Steven serves the Province’s effort to help dioceses and churches evangelize and disciple adolescents. He has been involved in youth ministry for thirty years as a youth pastor, diocesan youth coordinator, and professor of youth ministry. In addition to his provincial work, he runs a youth ministry training program in El Paso, TX, has planted two churches with adolescents, and leads a non-profit dedicated to helping churches reach young people. He has degrees from Rice University in Houston, TX, Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago. Steven and his wife Tricia have two almost grown sons and one daughter in law.
The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross
Canon for Communications and Media Relations
The Rev. Canon Andrew Gross serves as the press officer for the Anglican Church in North America, and oversees the Province's internal and external communications platforms. With a background in writing, photography, and design as well as ten years of experience in parish ministry the Canon Gross brings a unique combination of skills to the office. Canon Gross is a graduate of Calvin College (Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy) and the Virginia Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity).
Rachel Thebeau, Esq.
Deputy Communications Director
Rachel joined the staff in 2017 after serving in the Philippines as a Legal Fellow with International Justice Mission combating the online sexual exploitation of children. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs as well as a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas. A "cradle" Anglican, Rachel has been involved with the Anglican Church in North America since its founding in 2009, serving as a delegate to the Inaugural Assembly, Gafcon Nairobi, Assembly 2014, Provincial Council 2016, and the Global South meeting in 2016. Her father is the rector of Christ Our King Anglican Church in New Braunfels, Texas where she is a member as she works remotely from there.
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.” 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.”
The Rev. Kirk Patterson
As Controller for the Anglican Church in North America, Deacon 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.
Coordinator of Special Projects
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.