David Moyer

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David Lloyd Moyer is a former American bishop. He was a priest of the Episcopal Church before becoming a bishop of the Anglican Church in America, a Continuing Anglicanism body. After being deposed from the Episcopal Church and denied entry into the Catholic Church as clergy in 2012, in 2014, he entered the Roman Catholic Church as a layman. His former congregation, then known as the Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Community of Straffod, PA, prepared to enter the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, the North American ordinariate for former Anglicans. The community later merged with a second local Anglican Ordinariate group to form St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bridgeport, PA.

Early life and education[edit]

Moyer holds degrees from Whittier College, Seabury-Western, New York, and Princeton Theological Seminaries.

Anglican ministry[edit]

Moyer was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in 1976. After serving parishes in the Dioceses of New York, Albany, and Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, he became rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, Pennsylvania in 1989, a post he held until 2011.

After a public feud with Bishop Charles Bennison, Moyer was deposed by Bennison and charged with having left the Episcopal Church. Moyer remained as rector the Church of the Good Shepherd by choice of the congregation. He was consecrated a bishop in the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC), a Continuing Anglicanism body, on February 16, 2005. He served as the Bishop of the Armed Forces for the Anglican Church in America. He was also the episcopal visitor for the TAC in England and the American commissary of the Diocese of The Murray in Australia.

In 2011, after litigation, Moyer was ordered to leave the premises of Good Shepherd, Rosemont. At that time, a minority of the congregation left with him to form the group that is now part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. In 2012, his petition to enter the Catholic church as an ordained minister was denied and his votum rejected. [1] In 2014, he was received into the Roman Catholic Church as a layman.

Personal life[edit]

Moyer is married to Rita Moyer (née Hawkins). They are the parents of three grown children and have two grandchildren.

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