According to a June 21 news release from the Anglican Church in North America, the College of Bishops of the church has elected Dr. Foley Beach, Bishop of the Diocese of the South to succeed the Most Rev'd. Robert Duncan as their new archbishop.
“The election occurred Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the College of Bishops three-day conclave where they met in the crypt of the basilica at Saint Vincent Archabbey,” said the Rev'd. Andrew Gross, Communications Director for the Anglican Church in North America. The new archbishop will serve a five-year term and is eligible for re-election.
“I am delighted by this election and how the College of Bishops, after much deliberation and prayer, came to a unanimous decision,” said Archbishop Robert Duncan. “This is a happy day for the Anglican Church in North America, a happy day for the Anglican Communion, and a happy day for the Christian Church.”
According to the news release, the newly elected archbishop served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, GA, from its founding in February 2004, until December, 2013. On October 9, 2010, he was consecrated in Atlanta, Georgia as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South in the Anglican Church in North America.
Dr. Beach is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at the University of the South, and Georgia State University. He has served in ministry with Young Life, the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Church.
The new archbishop will have a formal investiture to follow in the coming months.
It was my pleasure to worship with the new archbishop at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville during the recent Anglican 1000 conference.
Upon hearing of Dr. Beach's election, the Wesleyan-Anglican Society sent a letter of congratulation to His Grace congratulating him on his "election to serve the Servants of God as Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America!"
It is my hope that the Society might serve the new archbishop as a point of connection between the ACNA and the various Wesleyan/Methodist denominations and that we might find ways to work closely with the ACNA.