The Anglican Communion
The Anglican Church is one of the three historic churches in the catholic tradition (along with the Church of Rome and the Eastern Church). Anglicanism is the result of the Church of England being revitalized and transformed by the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. That “Reformed Catholic” tradition has been passed down through the Church of England, and received by autonomous churches (called "Provinces") all over the globe. Though these churches are diverse in many ways, there are certain core beliefs and practices held in common.
Perhaps the simplest summary of Anglican identity is known as the "Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral." It holds that there are four foundational affirmations which unite Anglicans.
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as containing all things necessary to salvation and being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
The Apostles' Creed as the Baptismal Symbol and the Nicene Creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
The two Sacraments ordained by Christ himself--Baptism and the Supper of the Lord--ministered with unfailing use of Christ's words of Institution, and of the elements ordained by him.
The historic Episcopate locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the Unity of His Church.
In addition to these four affirmations, Anglican worship is guided by The Book of Common Prayer (1662), and Anglican belief is guided by the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion (1571).
Our Province: The ACNA
On April 16, 2009 the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) was recognized as a province of the global Anglican Communion by the Primates of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, with the intent of renewing biblical, orthodox Anglicanism in North America. Despite being a new province, the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) already unites 112,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church.
Archbishop of the ACNA
(the Most Revd Dr) Foley Beach was elected the second 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 bishop, he planted 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.