Sam Seamans

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Sam Seamans
Rector of St. Thomas Orthodox Mission, Mountain Home, Arizona
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Orders
Consecration 10 January 2009
Personal details
Born 1967
Morgan City
St. Mary Parish
Louisiana, United States
Denomination Orthodox
Residence Mountain Home
Baxter County, Arkansas

Sam Seamans (born 1967) was 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 until he and his parish decided to join the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America in November 2015.[1][2] He is also Rector of St. Thomas Orthodox Mission (Mountain Home, Arkansas) [3][4][5][6][7] and as well a licensed pilot and Emergency Medical Technician. He also serves as one of two Chief Deputy Coroners of Baxter County, Arkansas.

Ministry[edit]

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 eventually served as a lieutenant before retiring in 2011.[8] 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. In November 2015 he became Orthodox.[9]

History[edit]

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."[10]

Consecration in St. Louis, 10 January 2009. Bishops Peter D. Robinson, Sam Seamans and Wes Nolden in front

Episcopal priest controversy[edit]

In November 2009, Seamans gained international notice by exposing an All Saints Day liturgy used by an Episcopal priest in Harrison, Arkansas.[11] 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..."[11]

The Episcopal Bishop of Arkansas (TEC) supported the liturgy under the guise of "inter-faith dialogue".[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Seamans holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Liberal Arts, Master of Ministry Degree from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana, Th.M (Masters in Theology) from Cranmer Theological House (REC), and a Graduate Certificate from the Anglican School for Ministry in Anglican Studies. He is now in the Antiochian House of Studies St. Stephen's Program.

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."[citation needed]

Career and family life[edit]

Seamans is a retired (now part-time) lieutenant [8] and Community Resource Officer in the Mountain Home Police Department. He is married to a native of the Czech Republic and has two children.

Publications[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.anglicanchurch-na.org/stream/2009/12/communiqu-first-annual-provincial-council.html Archived December 17, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Letter from Sam Seamans, St. Thomas Orthodox Mission Website
  3. ^ http://www.webcitation.org/5wUnLJQtU
  4. ^ VirtueOnline - News - News - ARKANSAS: Local pastor elected church bishop Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
  5. ^ http://www.baxterbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200811130500/NEWS01/811130329[dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.ktlo.com/wireready/news/07778_Seamans_elected_bishop_193755.php[dead link]
  7. ^ The Daily Courier - Bishop election Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
  8. ^ a b http://www.baxterbulletin.com/article/20090327/NEWS01/903270350/-1/NEWS17[dead link]
  9. ^ http://www.angelfire.com/ar3/stthomasanglican/PhotoGallery.htm[unreliable source?] Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ a b VirtueOnline - News - Exclusives - Episcopal Priest Praises Mohammed, Vishnu, Buddha, Confucius in Liturgy Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite