|The Rt. Rev. Samuel Seamans|
|Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of Mid-America|
|Consecration||10 January 2009|
St. Mary Parish
|Denomination||Reformed Episcopal Church, Anglican Church in North America|
Baxter County, Arkansas
Sam Seamans (born 1967) is an assisting bishop in the Diocese of Mid-America of the Reformed Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church in North America's College of Bishops. He is also Rector of St. Thomas' Anglican Church of Mountain Home, Arkansas; and as well a licensed pilot and Emergency Medical Technician.
During college he was employed as a police officer and completed the police academy in 1987. After graduation he moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas, and went to work with the Mountain Home Police department where he served as a lieutenant before retiring in 2011. Seamans states he felt a growing desire to fulfill a vacuum in his spiritual life and in 1997 he began to study Church history and liturgy. Then, he states, he found a historical, ancient expression of Christianity in the Anglican tradition.
Seamans then continued to serve under Arkansas Episcopal Bishop Larry Maze, but left the Episcopal Church three years later because of its social and theological liberalism, as well as what he describes as "its departure from the norms that Holy Scripture lays out for the Christian life and ministry."
Episcopal priest controversy
In November 2009, Seamans gained international notice by exposing an All Saints Day liturgy used by an Episcopal priest in Harrison, Arkansas. The liturgy "Praises Mohammed, Vishnu, Buddha, Confucius..." with the Celebrant stating: "All you Hindu saints; we praise you for holy are you...All you Buddhist saints, we praise you for holy are you..." even calling on "All you Incas of Peru, holy Mayans and Aztecs of Mexico, all you Native children of the sun and stars..." The Episcopal bishop of Arkansas (TEC) supported the liturgy under the guise of "inter-faith dialogue".
Seamans is conversant in the Czech language, is a licensed pilot for single engine aircraft and is a certified emergency medical technician. He is also a long distance cyclist and is very proud of his "Giant FCR 1 Flatbar Road Bike". He says, "I get most of my praying done while riding. I find it a very contemplative exercise which easily gives itself to prayer and meditation."
Career and family life
- Introduction to Holy Communion and the Bible from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, BorderStone Press, LLC (2010). Editor Brian R. Mooney. ISBN 978-0-9842284-8-5
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- St. Thomas' Anglican Church Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
- VirtueOnline - News - News - ARKANSAS: Local pastor elected church bishop Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
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- The Daily Courier - Bishop election Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
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- http://www.angelfire.com/ar3/stthomasanglican/PhotoGallery.htm[unreliable source?] Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
- http://conservativesam.blogspot.com/2006_07_01_archive.html Anglican Priest Blames Episcopal Church's Problems on Departure from Scripture 2006-07-25 -- WDC Media (via AgapePress)[unreliable source?] Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
- VirtueOnline - News - Exclusives - Episcopal Priest Praises Mohammed, Vishnu, Buddha, Confucius in Liturgy Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite