Anglican Church in North America elects Steve Wood as archbishop

by | Jun 24, 2024 | Religion

(RNS) — On Saturday, June 22, The Rt. Rev. Steve Wood of St. Andrews Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, was elected the next archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. The election results came after ACNA’s College of Bishops met in a conclave from June 20-22 in the St. Vincent Basilica’s crypt at St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. As ACNA’s third elected archbishop, Wood will replace exiting archbishop The Most Rev. Foley Beach, who has held the position since his election by the college in 2014. 
ACNA is a theologically conservative denomination formed in 2009 after a split from the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada over the latter two’s acceptance of LGBTQ+ clergy and marriage for same-sex couples. Since its founding in 2009, ACNA has grown to more than 128,000 members in over 1,000 congregations. 
Wood’s leadership at St. Andrews, and as the first bishop in the Diocese of the Carolinas, grew the church to a membership of more than 3,000 and saw the establishment of new churches in Goose Creek, downtown Charleston, and the Park Circle area of North Charleston. Adam Parker, of Post & Courier, described it as “one of the Lowcountry’s biggest church success stories.” 
As Beach’s second term as archbishop comes to a close, Wood will assume authority on June 28 …

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ACNA is a theologically conservative denomination formed in 2009 after a split from the Episcopal Church and Anglican Church of Canada over the latter two’s acceptance of LGBTQ+ clergy and marriage for same-sex couples. Since its founding in 2009, ACNA has grown to more than 128,000 members in over 1,000 congregations. 
Wood’s leadership at St. Andrews, and as the first bishop in the Diocese of the Carolinas, grew the church to a membership of more than 3,000 and saw the establishment of new churches in Goose Creek, downtown Charleston, and the Park Circle area of North Charleston. Adam Parker, of Post & Courier, described it as “one of the Lowcountry’s biggest church success stories.” 
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