Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)
The Anglican Church in North America unites more than 100,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States and Canada into a single Church, with a shared commitment of “Reaching North America with the Transforming Love of Jesus Christ”.
Anglican Christians are part of a world-wide communion uniting some 80 million people in more than 160 countries. Anglicanism melds the rich history and traditions of both catholic and protestant Christianity. Anglican congregations bring together a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ, a commitment to the trustworthiness and authority of Scripture, the beauty of liturgical worship, and an expectation of the powerful work of the Holy Spirit.
The Anglican Church in North America is an emerging Province in the global Anglican Communion. 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.
The Most Reverend Doctor Foley Beach was elected the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America on June 22, 2014, after the retirement of The Most Reverend Robert Duncan, AACNA’s first Archbishop. Archbishop Beach is also the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, headquartered in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.