Orthodox Anglican Communion

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The Orthodox Anglican Communion (OAC) is a communion of churches established in 1964[1] or 1967, by James Parker Dees.[2] The AOC was formed outside of the See of Canterbury; the OAC is not part of the Anglican Communion.[1] The Anglican Orthodox Communion adheres to the doctrine, discipline and worship contained in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and the 1562 Articles of Religion.[3]

The OAC was created as a conservative alternative to the mainstream Anglican Communion.[2]

The presiding bishop of the Orthodox Anglican Church serves as metropolitan of the OAC.[3][4]

The OAC claims to have "over one million lay members".[1]

Orthodox Anglican ChurchEdit

Orthodox Anglican Church
Crest of the Orthodox Anglican Church
Presiding bishopThomas Gordon
AssociationsOrthodox Anglican Communion
Official websiteorthodoxanglican.us

The Orthodox Anglican Church is a member of the Orthodox Anglican Communion.[1] It was founded as the Anglican Orthodox Church in 1963 or 1964 by James Parker Dees, in Statesville, North Carolina.[2][5]

James Parker Dees died in 1990. Dees was succeeded as leader by George Schneller; Schneller resigned soon after due to illnesses. The leader thus became Robert J. Godfrey. In 2000, Godfrey resigned; Scott McLaughlin succeeded him as leader.[2][5] McLaughlin was followed by Creighton Jones. Thomas Gordon is the current leader.

In 1999, the group changed its name to Episcopal Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America.[6] It then changed it to Orthodox Anglican Church in 2005.[7]

The organisation "champions the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, emphasizes Christian orthodoxy, and insists on high moral standards".[2]

Godfrey and McLaughlin were signatories to the Bartonville Agreement in 1999. In 2007, McLaughlin signed a Covenant of Intercommunion between the Orthodox Anglican Church and the Old Catholic Church in Slovakia [sk], represented by the Most Revd Augustin Bacinsky.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Affiliation | The Orthodox Anglican Church - North America". Retrieved 2022-06-21.
  2. ^ a b c d e Melton, J. Gordon (2009). "Orthodox Anglican Church". Melton's encyclopedia of American religions. Chapter 3: Western Liturgical Family, Part II: Anglicanism (8th ed.). Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-7876-9696-2.
  3. ^ a b "THE CANONS OF THE ORTHODOX ANGLICAN COMMUNION" (PDF). The Orthodox Anglican Communion.
  4. ^ "Our Metropolitan | Orthodox Anglican Communion". Retrieved 2022-06-21.
  5. ^ a b "Anglicans Online | Churches not 'in the Communion'". anglicansonline.org. Retrieved 2022-06-21.
  6. ^ https://www.sosnc.gov/online_services/imaging/download/1b_8547893_ca32983ccc804de18655a1a13c148158
  7. ^ https://www.sosnc.gov/online_services/imaging/download/1b_14667583_962ec61a860045389e18e8a1a115f88d
  8. ^ A Covenant Between The Old Catholic Church In Slovakia and the Orthodox Anglican Church Archived 2007-08-21 at the Wayback Machine April 25, 2007.

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