American Anglican Council

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American Anglican Council
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Formation 1996
Type Orthodox Anglican non-profit (includes Anglicans and Episcopalians)
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Location 40 U.S. states
Membership more than 100,000 congregants in affiliated parishes
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The American Anglican Council is an organization that unites theologically conservative Anglicans both from the Anglican Church in North America and The Episcopal Church in the United States. It was incorporated in 1996 in opposition to non-orthodox and liberal influence in American Anglicanism. It is one of several key organizations in the movement for Anglican realignment and was a founding partner of the Anglican Church in North America.[1] All the 25 dioceses of the ACNA as well as a large number of Episcopal parishes in the United States are affiliated to the organization.[2]


According to their website, the American Anglican Council is "a network of individuals, parishes, dioceses and ministries who affirm biblical authority and Christian orthodoxy within the Anglican Communion" whose mission is "to build up and defend Great Commission Anglican churches in North America and worldwide through advocacy and counsel, leadership development and equipping the local church." [3]


The AAC believes that "Christian mission is rooted in unchanging biblical revelation." Presently it sees "specific challenges to authentic faith and holiness [...] which require thoughtful and vigorous response." These challenges include moral relativism, a lack of "Christian ethical principles" in "the public life of the nation", "abortion, unwanted pregnancy, and end-of-life illness", and questions of sexual ethics.

Ecclesiastical status[edit]

The American Anglican Council is not an ecclesial body, but rather an orthodox Anglican advocacy organization with ministry involving education, communication, strategic planning, diplomacy, counsel and resource networking with other Anglican bodies domestically and internationally.

It works directly with orthodox Episcopal Churches and Episcopalians who are committed to remaining in the Episcopal Church for the foreseeable future, and those orthodox Anglican Churches and individuals who are in the process of leaving the Episcopal Church, and those orthodox Anglican Churches and individuals who are outside or never affiliated with the Episcopal Church. This ministry to all three areas will continue into the anticipated future.

As a freestanding orthodox Anglican advocacy organization the AAC is neither in nor out of TEC, but entirely separate from it. Any future restructuring of the provincial status of North American Anglican churches will not involve the AAC being a nucleus of the replacement, since the AAC is not an ecclesial body itself.


The AAC is governed by a Board of Trustees. The current leaders are:

  • The Rt. Rev. David C. Anderson, President and CEO
  • The Rt. Rev. Peter H. Beckwith, (retired) Bishop of Springfield, Vice President

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