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.
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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.
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:
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.
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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Our congregations are members of 29 dioceses:
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.
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.
Brad Root Chief Operating Officer
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
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.
Lori Woodbridge Accounting & Administrative Assistant
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.