Anglican Church Celebrates 2011 Anglican 1000 Church Planting Summit

The Anglican 1000 Church Planting Summit was held January 25-27, 2011 in Plano, Texas. Roughly 350 leaders attended the second annual event.

Anglican 1000 is an initiative of the Anglican Church in North America and its ministry partners to raise up Anglican congregations and communities of faith. This annual gathering provided a chance to come together, build relationships, be renewed, gain fresh insights, and network with others who are out in the field planting Anglican churches.

This year, Dr. Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York and Bishop Todd Hunter of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Southern California were the keynote speakers. Dr. Keller also leads Redeemer City to City, while Bishop Hunter leads the Churches for the Sake of Others network in the Anglican Mission in the Americas. Both of these men are Gospel-centered leaders who are overseeing church planting networks on opposite ends of the United States! 

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for stories, audio, video and other resources that will be made available following the event.

Anglican Church in North America Celebrates Chaplains Ordinations

The Anglican Church in North America is excited to report on the chaplains’ ordination service that took place on Saturday, January 15 at The Falls Church in Falls Church, Va.  During the spirit-filled service, three chaplains were ordained as priests, and one was ordained as a transitional deacon. The Rt. Reverend Martyn Minns, Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), a jurisdiction of the Anglican Church in North America, presided over the ordinations. 

“This is a joyous occasion for the Anglican Church in North America. We are blessed to bear witness to the Chaplaincies’ continued growth, and we look forward to the way in which Christ will work through our newly ordained chaplains,” said the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, archbishop and primate of the Anglican Church in North America.

One ordinand was Chaplain (Major General) John B. Ellington, Jr., a member of the United States Air Force. Chaplain Ellington oversees chaplains serving in the National Guard (both Army and Air Force), and is one of four two-star flag officers. General Ellington is the most senior chaplain (Major General) in the Department of Defense still serving on active duty.

The Right Reverend Derek L.S. Jones is the Suffragan Bishop for Chaplaincies for the Anglican Church in North America and serves as the Bishop of the Deanery for the Chaplaincy.

“Chaplain Ellington’s movement to the Anglican Church comes after more than 40 years of significant active ministry. Chaplain Ellington is just one of many experienced chaplains who have journeyed on a ‘Canterbury Trail’ to the historic church and Anglican Faith,” said Bishop Jones.

Brice Ullman, chaplain candidate and second lieutenant in the United States Army, was ordained as a transitional deacon.  He currently attends Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pa. The Rev. Steve Lybrand, a hospice chaplain living in Phoenixville, Pa., was ordained as a priest.  Also ordained to the priesthood was Chaplain Charles Woods, a highly regarded and experienced chaplain and colonel with the United States Air Force serving with the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Many military and civilian government leaders were present for the ordination. Chaplain (Major General) Douglas Carver, Chief of Chaplains for United States Army; Chaplain (Major General) Cecil Richardson, Chief of Chaplains for the United States Air Force; and General Craig R. McKinley, the Commander of the National Guard and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), all participated in the service as lectors and for prayers.

The Deanery for the Chaplaincy is the canonical residence for priests and deacons endorsed to serve as Chaplains in the Anglican Church in North America through the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA). 

The Anglican Church has over 100 clergy endorsed to serve as chaplains around the world and nearly 60% of those chaplains serve governmental agencies such as the United States Military Services, Veteran’s Administration, and Department of Justice. Endorsed chaplains also serve in hospitals, hospices, law enforcement, education, and industry.  Currently, the Anglican Church has three chaplains deployed to combat areas. 

The Deanery was established in October of 2007 beginning with one chaplain serving in the United States Army.  Within one year, the Anglican Church had 25 chaplains and later celebrated its 40th chaplain ordination in July 2009.  The Deanery has more than doubled in size since that time.

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Archbishop Duncan: Prayer Needed in the Midst of Sudan Vote

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Late in the day Sunday, the Archbishop of Sudan, our good friend Daniel Deng, corresponded to say there were reasons for optimism. The vote had begun and his region was peaceful.

In spite of the violence that has claimed at least 76 lives, we already have much to be thankful for and are seeing the Lord at work answering our prayers.

I beseech you to stay in prayer for the people of Southern Sudan, that peace would result and the voting process would be fair. I also ask your prayers for the Anglican leaders and other Christian believers throughout the country who have demonstrated an unwavering faith in the face of unthinkable persecution.

Signs of hope are certainly present. The Associated Press reports that with more than 60 percent of registered voters having cast their ballots, the vote will be valid and binding. Voice of America news service reported that there is already rejoicing among refugees who are hopeful they’ll be able to return to a new, independent country that they can call home. Some of them, born in refugee camps, have never even seen their homeland.

Thank you in advance for standing with me as we offer prayers on behalf of the millions of Anglican Christians in Southern Sudan who are a vital part of our global church family.

Faithfully your archbishop,

Photo caption: A member of the polling staff helps a Southern Sudanese woman to vote at a polling center in the suburb of al-Jereif in Khartoum, Sudan on January 14, 2011. Credit: Associated Press