Anglican Orthodox Church

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Albert A. Chambers · James Parker Dees · Charles D. D. Doren · Creighton Jones · William Millsaps · Council Nedd II · Stephen C. Reber · Peter D. Robinson · Peter Toon

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The Anglican Orthodox Church (AOC) is a conservative Anglican denomination in the United States that is not in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury of the Church of England due to the perceived abandonment of Reformation doctrine by that church.

History[edit]

The Anglican Orthodox Church was founded in 1963 by Bishop James Parker Dees. The reconstituted Anglican Orthodox Church was incorporated in 2001.[1] Bishop James Parker Dees left the Episcopal Church due to what he believed were its immoral policies and doctrinal errors. In so doing, he acted about a decade and a half before a larger number of conservative Episcopalians separated from the Episcopal Church following the decision of its General Convention to approve the ordination of women priests. The AOC today claims national church affiliates in 22 countries around the world. A separation occurred between the traditionalists and a dissenting group in 2000. The Anglican Orthodox Church, by legal settlement, retained the right to the exclusive name of the Anglican Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Anglican Church (the dissident group) were not permitted use of Bishop James Parker Dees' name, nor the name of the Anglican Orthodox Church which continues as the church founded by Bishop Dees in November 1963.

Beliefs and structure[edit]

The Anglican Orthodox Church today firmly holds to the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the use of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, the Homilies, and the King James Version of the Bible. The Bible is believed by the AOC to be the divinely inspired word of God and to contain all that is necessary for salvation. Additionally, the church preaches the importance of biblical morality both in an individual's life and as public policy. The AOC strongly identifies itself as being in the Anglican Low Church tradition and rejects the use of the title "Father" for its clergy, many of the priestly vestments commonly used in other Anglican jurisdictions, and any veneration of the saints. The church has been led by the Most Reverend Jerry L. Ogles of Enterprise, Alabama since 22 October 2000. He is the Bishop of the United States and the Metropolitan of the Anglican Orthodox Church's worldwide communion.

In 2008, the AOC reported fourteen parishes in the USA and Canada, plus bishops and churches in other countries. These include Canada, India, Liberia, Madagascar, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Haiti, the Philippines, Fiji, Peru, Argentina, and the Solomon Islands. In September 2011, the presiding bishop of the Traditional Protestant Episcopal Church, along with several priests and two congregations, were received into the AOC as the Diocese of the Advent following a split in their church.

The church holds a biennial convention at St. Peter's Anglican Orthodox Church in even-numbered calendar years. The headquarters of the Anglican Orthodox Church remain in the church's traditional facilities in Statesville, North Carolina along with Bishop Dees' home parish, St. Peter's Anglican Orthodox Church.

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