As Anglicans, we are part of the Anglican Communion, which is a global relationship of churches that began with the English Reformation. The Anglican church is experiencing tremendous growth and renewal in many locations, particularly the developing world. There are over 70 million Anglicans in the world today, and the majority live in Africa and Asia.
Our worship is both ancient and modern. Anglicans have always upheld the Holy Scriptures as God’s Word and we stand on the two great creeds, the Apostles’ and Nicene, as the fundamental statements of Christian belief. We celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, as commanded by Jesus, and we uphold the historic order of Bishops in the administration of the church’s life and mission. Our approach to worship, based in ancient practice, engages the senses—connecting with people’s hearts and minds. As a result, Anglican churches are in a unique place to capture the imagination of a society immersed in the images of the media and internet.
The Most Rev Dr. Foley Beach
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. 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 are life-long Georgians, and have two adult children.
The Rt. Rev. Stephen D. Wood
The Rt. Rev’d Stephen D. Wood was elected as the first Bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas by the College of Bishops on June 5, 2012. He was consecrated Bishop at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC by Archbishop Robert Duncan on August 25, 2013. Co-Consecrators Archbishop-elect Stanley Ntagali of Uganda, and Bishops Roger Ames, Alphonza Gadsen and John Guernsey. He was installed as Rector of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC by Bishop Edward L. Salmon, XIII Bishop of South Carolina, on September 1, 2000.
Bishop Wood attended Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio, graduating in 1981. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Cleveland State University in 1986. He then completed his priestly formation at the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia where he earned a Masters of Divinity. Bishop Wood was ordained to the diaconate on June 15, 1991 and to the priesthood on February 1, 1992 by Bishop James R. Moodey, VIII Bishop of Ohio. He was appointed Vicar of St. Anne-in-the-Fields in Madison, Ohio where he served until April of 1995. He then served as Associate Rector and Chief of Staff at St. Luke’s parish in Bath, Ohio until his move to South Carolina. He and his wife Jacqueline have four sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter.
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