The Anglican Church in North America announces the June 22 election of its new archbishop by its 50-member College of Bishops, which met in conclave during the weekend:
The College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America elected today the Rt. Rev. Dr. Foley Beach of the Diocese of the South. Bishop Foley Beach will succeed the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, the first archbishop for the Anglican Church in North America.
“The election occurred Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the College of Bishops’ three-day conclave where they met in the crypt of the basilica at Saint Vincent Archabbey,” said the Rev. Andrew Gross, Communications Director for the Anglican Church in North America. The new archbishop will serve a five-year term and is eligible for re-election.
“I am delighted by this election and how the College of Bishops, after much deliberation and prayer, came to a unanimous decision,” said Archbishop Robert Duncan. “This is a happy day for the Anglican Church in North America, a happy day for the Anglican Communion, and a happy day for the Christian Church.”
Though the current archbishop is stepping down from his role as archbishop of the North American province, he will continue in his role as bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Archbishop-elect Beach served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA, from its founding in February 2004, until December, 2013. On October 9, 2010, he was consecrated in Atlanta, Georgia as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South in the Anglican Church in North America.
Dr. Beach is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at the University of the South, and Georgia State University. He has served in ministry with Young Life, the Episcopal Church, and the [ACNA].
Read the rest. TLC will report more on Bishop Beach and the ACNA this week.
- A Living Text provides more background in Who Is Archbishop Elect Foley Beach? and What Does Archbishop Beach’s Election Mean for ACNA?
- Writing at Locusts and Wild Honey, James Gibson looks back on Bishop Beach’s farewell to the Episcopal Church in 2004.
Image: Foley Beach at his consecration as the bishop of the ACNA’s Diocese of the South.