Foley Beach

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The Most Reverend
Foley Beach
Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, Bishop of the South
Church Anglican Church in North America
In office 2014-
Predecessor Robert Duncan
Orders
Consecration October 9, 2010
by Archbishop Robert Duncan
Personal details
Born 1959

Foley Beach (born 1959) is an American Anglican bishop. He is the second Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), elected at 21 June 2014, and taking office on 28 June 2014. His enthronement took place at 9 October 2014. He is married and has two adult children.

Early life and ministry[edit]

Beach is a graduate of Georgia State University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the School of Theology at the University of the South. He was previously a priest in the Episcopal Church, which he left following the consecration of V. Gene Robinson, in 2004.[1]

He is the first bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, a newly formed diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), as well as Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia, since his founding, in February 2004 to December 2013. Meanwhile it became the diocese's pro-cathedral in 2010.

After the formation of ACNA, in June 2009, Beach was elected the leader of a group of parishes in the Southeast and was consecrated as the first bishop of the Diocese of the South on October 9, 2010.[2]

Archbishop of ACNA[edit]

Beach was elected the second Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America after a three days conclave held at the crypt of the Roman Catholic Basilica of St. Vincent Archabbey, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, by unanimous vote of the College of the Bishops, on 21 June 2014. He took office at the conclusion of the Provincial Assembly of ACNA, on 25 June 2014. Beach investiture took place at the Church of the Apostles, in Atlanta, Georgia, on 9 October 2014, with a large attendance of 2000 people and seven Anglican Archbishops, who afterwards recognized him as a fellow Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Communion.[3] According to the traditional instruments of communion and the Archbishop of Canterbury, ACNA is not a member of the Anglican Communion. [4]

Beach opposes the ordination of women, unlike his predecessor, but subscribes to the right of each diocese to their own decision on the matter. He is keen in following Robert Duncan's main prerogatives, including social engagement, church planting, ecumenism and full integration into the Anglican Communion, with the support of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and the Global South (Anglican).[5]

Beach held shortly after his investiture an eighteen-day journey that took him to the Church of the Province of South East Asia, the Church of the Province of Myanmar and the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, from 11 to 29 November 2014. The main purpose of the journey was to strengthen the ties between ACNA and these three Anglican realignment churches. He first visited the Church of the Province of South East Asia, from 11 to 14 November 2014, where he took part with a 37 members delegation of the ACNA at a Mission Consultations Roundtable held at St. Andrew's Cathedral, in Singapore, also meeting Archbishop Bolly Lapok and visiting both Singapore and Malaysia. He followed to the Church of the Province of Myanmar, where he was welcomed by Archbishop Stephen Than, and to the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, meeting Archbishop Glenn Davies, who invited him to preach at St. Andrew's Cathedral, in Sydney, retired Archbishop Peter Jensen and the College of the Bishops of the diocese.[6]

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Religious titles
Preceded by
See created
Bishop of the South
2010–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Religious titles
Preceded by
Robert Duncan
Primate of the Anglican Church in North America
2014 –
Succeeded by
incumbent