Foley Beach Biography
Foley Beach born Foley Thomas Beach is an American Anglican bishop. He is the second primate and archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. Foley was elected on June 21, 2014. His enthronement took place on October 9, 2014.
Foley Beach Age
Foley was born on October 31, 1958, Atlanta, Georgia. He is 60 years as of 2018
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Foley Beach Early life
Beach was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 31, 1958. He studied at Atlanta’s Georgia State University with a B.A. Graduation in 1980. Beach, a member of the Episcopal Church, worked as a youth minister at St. Philip’s Episcopal Cathedral in Atlanta from 1980 to 1987, and as a lay associate at the Apostolic Church in Atlanta from 1987 to 1989. Beach is a graduate of the University of the South’s School of Theology where he received an M.Div. Graduation in 1992. In 1992, he has ordained a deacon and a priest in the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese. He was nominated deacon of the Episcopal Church of St. Alban in Monroe, Georgia, where he served from 1992 to 2004.
Foley Beach Husband and Children
He is married to Alison and they have two adult children.
Foley Beach Ministry
After the consecration of Gene Robinson, he left the Episcopal Church as the Anglican Communion’s first openly non-celibate gay bishop.
Beach is the first bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, a newly formed diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), and from February 2004 to December 2013, rector and pastor of the Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia. It became the pro-cathedral of the diocese in 2010 and is now the cathedral church of both the Southern Anglican Diocese and the primate of ACNA. Following the formation of ACNA in June 2009, Beach was elected leader of a parish group in the Southeast and on 9 October 2010 was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Southern Diocese
Foley Beach Archbishop of ACNA
After a three-day conclave held at the crypt of St. Vincent Archabbey’s Roman Catholic Basilica in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on June 21, 2014, Beach was elected the second archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. At the conclusion of the ACNA Provincial Assembly on June 25, 2014, he took office. His investiture took place on October 9, 2014, at the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia, attended by 2,000 people and seven Anglican archbishops, who later recognized him as a fellow primate and archbishop of the Anglican Communion. However, according to the traditional instruments of communion and the Archbishop of Canterbury, ACNA is not a member of the Anglican Communion.
Unlike his predecessor, Beach opposes the ordination of women but subscribes to each diocese’s right to its own decision on the matter. With the support of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and the Global South, he is keen to follow the main prerogatives of Robert Duncan, including social engagement, church planting, ecumenism, and full integration into Anglican Communion.
Shortly after his investiture, Beach made an eighteen-day journey that took him to South East Asia Provincial Church, Myanmar Provincial Church and Sydney’s Anglican Diocese from 11-29 November 2014. The main purpose of the journey was to reinforce the ties between ACNA and these three churches of Anglican realignment. He first visited the Provincial Church of South East Asia from 11-14 November 2014, where he attended a roundtable mission consultations at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Singapore with a 37-member ACNA delegation, also meeting Archbishop Bolly Lapok and visiting both Singapore and Malaysia. He followed this with a visit to Myanmar Provincial Church, where Archbishop Stephen Than Myint Oo welcomed him, and to Sydney’s Anglican Diocese, where he met Archbishop Glenn Davies, who invited him to preach at Sydney’s St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
During a Global South Anglican Primates meeting, a coalition representing the majority of the world’s Anglicans, from 14-16 October 2015 in Cairo, Egypt, Beach sat as a voice-and-vote member of the Global South Primates Council and will continue to have a voice and vote in future meetings. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, invited Beach to the gathering of the Anglican Communion primates on January 11–15, 2016.
On the same day, he announced that the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to approve same-sex marriage on 8 June 2017, on behalf of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Wheaton, Illinois, to consecrate Rev. Canon Andy Lines as Missionary Bishop to Europe.
At the conclusion of GAFCON III, on June 22, 2018, in Jerusalem, Israel, it was announced that Beach will succeed Nicholas Okoh, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, as Chair of the Council of Primates of GAFCON at the beginning of 2019.
On October 14-21, 2018, Beach visited England, Wales, and Scotland, where he was accompanied by Bishop Andy Lines of the Anglican Mission in England, preaching in several Anglican churches to express his full support for the Anglican realignment in Great Britain and Ireland. He also met Christopher Cocksworth, Coventry Bishop responsible for the “Living in Love & Faith” project of the Church of England.
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