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Archbishop Welby honors reconciliation-minded ACNA rector

Archbishop Welby honors reconciliation-minded ACNA rector

From the Lambeth Palace Press Office:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Tory Baucum, Rector of Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia, as one of the Six Preachers of Canterbury Cathedral …..

While Dr Baucum has extensive experience of preaching, evangelism and peace-making, his appointment is also recognition of his commitment to reconciliation, which is one of Archbishop Justin’s ministry priorities. Truro Church seceded from the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church in 2006 and subsequently became part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). When Dr Baucum became Rector in 2007, the church and the diocese were involved in litigation over property rights. Dr Baucum, a priest in ACNA, developed a close friendship with the Episcopal Bishop of Virginia, the Rt Revd Shannon Johnston, and a settlement was subsequently reached.

Commenting on the appointment, Archbishop Justin said: “Tory is a fine scholar, an excellent preacher, and above all someone with a holistic approach to ministry. The close friendship he has forged with Bishop Shannon Johnston, despite their immensely different views, sets a pattern of reconciliation based on integrity and transparency. Such patterns of life are essential to the future of the Communion. I hope and pray that Tory’s presence as one of the Six Preachers will play a part in promoting reconciliation and unity amongst us.”

The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, said: “In recent times, the Six Preachers have become a significant and diverse group from across the whole Anglican Communion and fulfil a role of preaching and teaching from time to time in Canterbury. We look forward to welcoming Dr Baucum, whose particular gifts will enrich the group still further.”

Dr Baucum said: “I am deeply moved by the honour bestowed upon ACNA and especially the congregation of Truro Church in this appointment by Archbishop Welby to be a Six Preacher of Canterbury Cathedral. I am devoted to Archbishop Welby’s vision for the Anglican Communion and I hope this appointment might help, in some small way, translate that vision into reality.”

Biography: The Revd Dr Tory Baucum is the Rector of Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia, a post he has held since 2007. He holds degrees from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry and Asbury Theological Seminary. He also teaches at Virginia Theological Seminary. His areas of expertise include St Augustine, Wesley, homiletics, evangelism and contextual theology. He has ministered and taught in several Anglican provinces and theological colleges, including the Diocese of London, St Augustine’s in Lima Peru and Bishop Barham College in Kigezi, Uganda. Dr Baucum is Chairman of the Board of Fresh Expressions USA and a Board Member of Alpha-USA. He is married to Elizabeth and they have three teenage daughters.


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Marshall Scott

John, I don’t think he is still a priest in the Church of England. I think he is considered a priest in the Church of Nigeria – Anglican; and that Truro Anglican Church is one of those that came into an ACNA diocese from CANA. Indeed, as I recall, CON’s attitude was that they were “cooperating with” ACNA, and that congregations could have, as it were, “dual citizenship.” ACNA’s website lists among it’s dioceses these two “CANA East and CANA West;” while the continuing CANA web site notes that its churches may also be in other ACNA Dioceses. Anyway, I could be wrong in this, but I thought that was his progression. My understanding, though, was that those changes were regular according to the canons of the churches involved in the change. That is, his transition from the Episcopal Church to COE followed the rules, and his transition from COE to CON likewise. That says nothing about the details of his ministry with Truro Anglican Church. As I said, it might give Welby some “plausible deniability” about communion with the Church of England.

John B. Chilton

(1) I’d like to know for sure that Baucum is a priest in good standing in COE not withstanding his that he is rector of Truro ACNA. Alice in Wonderland is a difficult text. Shouldn’t one have to choose?

(2) It’s interesting that the press release uses the present tense “teaches at” VTS. Given that evidently he did but now doesn’t that’s false. Will a correction be issued?


It will be interesting to see where, if anywhere, this leads. Dr Baucum’s recent difficulties seem to have been created by ACNA’s hierarchy in response to his relations with the bishop of Virginia. Archbishop Welby appears to have the sense to know when folks are attempting to manipulate him, so I doubt that this is the case. Comments at Stand Firm suggest that Fr Baucum is currently a priest in good standing with the Church of England, notwithstanding his ACNA posting.

Roger Mortimer


[Hat-tip, Andrew @ Thinking Anglicans]

“This week [3/15/13] I learned of two events in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia that have challenged those principles of Christian peacemaking.

First was the ordination of a non-celibate lesbian in the former home of the Falls Church Anglican parish this past December. This was a problem of both menu and venue, of what and where it was done. This kind of ordination, which violates scriptural teaching, caused the Anglican schism in the first place. I believe that holding the service at the Falls Church shortly after they lost their building showed a disregard and lack of respect for the good and godly pastor and the people of the Falls Church. This was a failure to treat others in a way that honors the imago dei in each of us. It was extremely painful to learn of this action and my full sympathy is with John Yates+ and his congregation.

Even more egregious was a series of talks given by John Dominic Crossan at a church in the Diocese of Virginia. I believe that Crossan’s work is a contradiction of Nicene faith and events like this undermine Nicene Christianity. Avoiding this kind of aggravating damage is foundational to our efforts at peacemaking. Crossan has appeared in debates with Christian scholars like N.T. Wright to fully and completely debate his theories, which have largely been found in extreme want of support in fact and scholarly analysis. But he appears to have come as a Christian teacher. He is not.

I was waiting to speak to Bishop Shannon personally before issuing this statement. All of the above and, its implications, I have shared with him yesterday. I know he will be issuing his own response soon. I pray the Holy Spirit’s guidance and wisdom upon him as he seeks to repair the damage done by these two actions.”


A man who would JUDGE other Christians’ spouses and theology—this is who the ABC rewards w/ a plum Canterbury appointment?

[Meanwhile other “non-celibate” children of God in Nigeria burn. The Anglican Church of Nigeria has cheered this pogrom on—and ACNA is their American crony]

I’m sickened by this. Kyrie eleison!

JC Fisher

Jim Hammond

Sadly, I should not have trusted the biographical information contained in the press release from Lambeth Palace which assets, in the present tense, that, “He also teaches at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Follows information from the The Very Rev. Ian Markham’s remarks of March 26, 2013:

“… As I understand the issues, Tory has felt obligated to ease up on these peacemaking initiatives. And as part of that complexity, I regret to inform the community that Tory feels that he must withdraw from teaching at the Seminary. …”

The Rev. James A. Hammond


Winchester, VA

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