Traditional Protestant Episcopal Church

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The Traditional Protestant Episcopal Church (TPEC) was a small jurisdiction of the Continuing Anglican movement. It was founded in 1991 by Richard G. Melli, formerly a priest of the Anglican Catholic Church, Diocese of the South.[1] This Christian church body saw itself as maintaining the original doctrine, discipline, and worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America and the evangelical, Protestant, and Reformed faith of historic Anglicanism.[citation needed]

The TPEC, which had one diocese that was named Diocese of the Advent, subscribed to the authority of Holy Scripture and the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion.[citation needed] The 1928 Book of Common Prayer was used and assent was given to the 1954 revision of the Constitution and Canons of the PECUSA. At its inception, the church consisted of twelve congregations, primarily low church "Morning Prayer" parishes, and as many clergy.[citation needed]

In September 2011, TPEC's Presiding Bishop, Charles E. Morley, and Canterbury Chapel in Fairhope, Alabama, were received by Presiding Bishop Jerry L. Ogles into the Anglican Orthodox Church.[2]


  1. ^ Badertscher. "Bibliography". The Measure of a Bishop (PDF). p. 25.
  2. ^ "History and circumstances of Diocese | Diocese of the Advent of the Anglican Orthodox Church". 2012-04-26. Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2022-09-01.

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