Anglican Church Celebrates CANA Bishop Consecrations

The Anglican Church in North America celebrated the consecrations of the Ven. Julian Dobbs and the Rev’d Canon Dr. Felix Orji as Suffragan Bishops in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, consecrated both men on Sunday, September 25 at Archbishop Vining Memorial Church in Lagos, Nigeria. Four additional Church of Nigeria bishops were also consecrated at the same worship service.

“It is a joy to join with CANA and the Church of Nigeria to celebrate the new bishops who will support our common ministry. We have already been extremely blessed not only by our relationship with the Church of Nigeria, but by the significant role that Felix and Julian have played in our North American story so far. I know both will be a light for the whole church as they demonstrate servant leadership and work to share the Good News of Christ,” said the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America.

Both new bishops will continue in their support roles for CANA, the Anglican Church in North America and Anglican 1000’s church planting efforts. Bishop Dobbs will be the primary pastoral contact for CANA congregations in the eastern states, while Bishop Orji will serve in that role for congregations in the western states.

According to the Rt. Rev’d Martyn Minns, founding Missionary Bishop of CANA, “Bishop Julian and Bishop Felix are gifted men with wonderful families who have already proven themselves to be great assets to our work in CANA and the Anglican Church in North America. I have talked on different occasions about my commitment to the next generation of leaders and these men will definitely help move us into the future.”

Bishop Dobbs has assisted CANA with clergy and congregational development along with equipping churches to engage with the challenges of Islam through the Church and Islam project. He previously served as executive director of the Barnabas Fund and worked in six continents to minister to persecuted Christians. Dobbs is also a member of the Anglican Church in North America’s Executive Committee and serves as chair of the province’s task force on Islam. Dobbs and his wife, Brenda, are natives of New Zealand and live in Reston, Virginia with their children.

“It was an incredible opportunity and a humbling experience to be among 1,500 people who worshiped the Living God during the service. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of all Nigeria presided at the service amidst a worship experience which was truly heavenly. Bishop Felix and I will now serve alongside the other CANA bishops and will also serve as bishops within the Anglican Church in North America,” said Bishop Julian Dobbs.

“Pray that the Living God would equip and enable us to be servant leaders and the Almighty God would be glorified in and through our lives and ministries,” continued Dobbs.

Bishop Orji was born in Abia State, Nigeria and currently serves as rector of St. Francis Church in El Paso, Texas. Orji has earned four graduate degrees from the University of Lagos, Regent College, Vancouver School of Theology, and a doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has served in various leadership roles and was part of the Anglican Communion Network leadership group. Orji, his wife, Lilian, and their children live in El Paso.

Bishop Orji expressed, “Our consecration in Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral Church in Lagos, Nigeria by His Grace Nicholas Okoh, was a glorious experience! I am humbled by God’s gracious calling on my life to serve him as a bishop in his church, especially in CANA, the Anglican Church in North America, and in the Anglican Communion, in a time such as this. It is a glorious privilege to be part of those called by God to lead and oversee the church’s ministry of worship, teaching, societal engagement, and of the proclamation and defense of the faith revealed in Holy Scripture. Pray for me, as well as for my fellow bishops, to be wise, faithful, caring, and courageous in our episcopal ministry.”

Please join us in prayer for these leaders:
Almighty Father, we thank you for raising up among us faithful servants for the ministry of Your Word and Sacraments. We pray that Bishop Dobbs and Bishop Orji may be to us an effective example in word and action, in love and patience, in holiness of life, and fidelity to Your son and our Lord’s gospel. Grant that we, with them, may serve you now, and always rejoice in Your glory; through Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Photo caption: Bishops Orji and Dobbs along with four Church of Nigeria Bishops on retreat in preparation for consecration on Sunday, September 25 in Lagos, Nigeria.  (Photo credit: Convocation of Anglicans in North America).

Anglican Church and San Joaquin Diocese Welcome Bishop Menees

On Saturday, September 24, the Rev. Dr. Eric Menees was consecrated as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of San Joaquin. Archbishop Robert Duncan presided over the service, which was held at Peoples Church in Fresno, Calif. Bishop John-David Schofield and Bishop Bill Thompson of the Diocese of Western Anglicans served as co-consecrators.

“Bishop-elect Menees has great passion for serving all people and for the work of the Gospel in its fullness. It’s clear the Lord has again blessed the Diocese of San Joaquin with a Godly leader. The prayers of the whole Anglican Church in North America will be with the people of the Diocese as they begin this new chapter in their ministry,” said Archbishop Duncan.

“I am humbled and honored to have been elected bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin. I am acutely aware that I am not worthy of the honor, yet I have great joy about the wonderful ways of the Lord and excitement about serving Him in the Diocese. I know the Lord does not call the equipped. He equips the called and I fully trust that through His Holy Spirit He will anoint me as needed for the ministry of Bishop in the Diocese,” said Bishop Menees.

Bishop Menees previously served as rector of the Anglican Church of the Resurrection in San Marcos, Calif., for five years. Menees also worked in Spanish-language ministries at two churches in East Los Angeles and Santa Ana, served as chaplain of the Bishop’s School in La Jolla, and rector of Grace Episcopal Church in San Marcos.

A graduate of the General Theological Seminary, he received his Doctor of Ministry from Seabury Western in 2006. Bishop Menees is married to Florence Guadalupe Mira-Menees and has two children, Milagro and Sebastian. An enthronement service for Bishop Menees is set for October 23 during the diocesan convention in Fresno.

Bishop Menees succeeds John-David Schofield as the bishop of the Diocese of San Joaquin. Bishop Schofield was consecrated on October 9, 1988 and served not only as leader of the Diocese of San Joaquin for 23 years, but as a beacon for the orthodox Anglican movement and our commitment to stand firm on the Word of Christ. He will enter retirement, while still remaining Bishop in Residence of the Diocese of San Joaquin, with the gratitude of the whole Anglican Church in North America.

“Bishop Schofield’s faithful service to the Lord, His call, the Diocese of San Joaquin, and the Anglican Church cannot be overstated. We offer our heartfelt appreciation for his unwavering commitment to the Gospel and to our family of faithful Anglicans,” Archbishop Duncan stated.

Anglican Church Celebrates Investiture of First Bishop of New Mid-Atlantic Diocese

The Anglican Church in North America’s newest member diocese, the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, held an investiture service Saturday for its first bishop, the Rt. Rev. John Guernsey. Sixteen Anglican bishops including three bishops from Canada gathered for Bishop Guernsey’s investiture, which took place at Truro Church in Fairfax, Va.  Archbishop Robert Duncan presided over the service.

“Bishop Guernsey’s investiture was a momentous and joyous occasion in the history of our orthodox Anglican movement. As the Anglican Church continues to spread the Gospel of Christ across the continent and beyond, Bishop Guernsey will play a pivotal role in strengthening local congregations in faith across the Mid-Atlantic,” said Archbishop Duncan.

Bishop John Guernsey has served in various clergy roles during his years of ordained ministry. He served as rector of All Saints’ Church in Dale City, Va., for 29 years before serving as the head of the Diocese of the Holy Spirit in the Anglican Church in North America.

“I am humbled to serve as bishop for the new Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic and look forward to finding new ways to share Jesus Christ in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. As a new diocese of the Anglican Church in North America, my prayer is that we will reach many who don’t yet know the transforming love of Christ,” said the Rt. Rev. John Guernsey.

Since 11 Virginia congregations first came together five years ago, the Anglican tradition has spread quickly and organically throughout the Mid-Atlantic states to form the new Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. The new diocese consists of 35 member congregations and nine mission fellowships in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and northeastern North Carolina.

The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is now operational and fully a part of the Anglican Church in North America. Many of its congregations will continue to be in partnership with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA). CANA is a missionary branch of the Church of Nigeria and a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America.

Photo caption: Archbishop Duncan, Canon Lumanog, and Bishop Guernsey process during Bishop Guernsey’s investiture service on September 10, 2011 at Truro Church, Fairfax, Va. (Credit: Ed Glancy)