The Archbishop of the Independent Anglican Church (Canada Synod) is the Most Reverend Peter Wayne Goodrich, of Cambridge, Ontario. Archbishop Goodrich was elected Presiding Archbishop of the Church at the General Synod held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on June 30th, 1978.
Under the direction of Archbishop Goodrich many positive developments have taken place. Since the 1978 Synod, parishes have been established in Stoney Creek, Ontario, (St. George’s Tapleytown) Oakville, (St. Columba’s) Cambridge, Ontario (St. Matthew’s Cathedral) and in Kitchener, Ontario, (St. Mark’s), Hamilton, Ontario (St. Mary the Virgin) Toronto, Ontario (St. Clement of Rome). St. Matthew’s Cathedral and St. George’s, Stoney Creek hold services in buildings owned by the Church. In November, 2007 the Order of the Companions of St. John the Evangelist was formed with Mr. Michael Williams as Prior and The Most Reverend Peter W. Goodrich as Episcopal Visitor. The Order of the Companions of St. John is open to both clergy and lay persons.
The Independent Anglican Church (Canada Synod) was established as a Corporation by Federal Charter on November 7th, 1988, by Supplementary Letters Patent granted by the Government of Canada. The Independent Anglican Church has published two service books for use by its congregations. The Book of Common Prayer, Canada, and THE PSALTER, Psalms and Canticles Pointed and Set to Anglican Chants, were both published in 1991. A companion Holy Week and Other Services book was published by the church in the Fall of 2000.
Located at St. George's Cathedral is the Diocesan Library which houses many fine volumes, approximately four thousand, some of which are rare and quite valuable. This fine collection features books and information about virtually every religion, and have been collected over the past forty-five years by Archbishop Goodrich. The library is reputed to be one of the finest small church libraries in Canada, and is available for students of St. Matthew’s Cathedral College as well as other students of religion.
The discipline and public worship of the Church are, most properly, Catholic. Our adherents will experience a spread of services and style stretching gloriously all the way from Anglo-Catholic to (Low) Evangelical. Most of our congregations would be described as being Broad Church, following a via media. Our Church may be thought of as conservative in policy, a view which may stem from our devotion to the Book of Common Prayer, 1991 and our retention of the Book of Common Praise 1938, and Anglican Chant for the Psalms and Canticles. This conservatism is also obvious from our insistence that all clergy subscribe to the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion and lead lives compatible with Holy Scripture. The Church is committed to the male priesthood and episcopate; and since the priest is the Bishop’s personal representative or vicar in the parish, we consider the priesthood an extension of that order. The Church has its own educational facility, known as St. Matthew’s Cathedral College, which prepares students for the sacred ministry. The minimum requirement for admission to the College is a Bachelor of Arts degree from a recognised University, although special consideration may be given to mature students of suitable background to study for certification in the sacred ministry. It is hoped that at some time in the future the College will affiliate with a recognised university, and will, at that time become a full degree-granting institute. At this time, in compliance with the Church Charter, the College grants only diplomas or certificates as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity.
It is not the policy of the Independent Anglican Church (Canada Synod) to encourage members, either clergy or lay, to desert the Anglican Communion. We consider our ministry to be to those who for whatever reason, have already left the Anglican Church of Canada, or any other Church within the Anglican Communion. Due to our history and emergence some 80 years ago; The Independent Anglican Church is not necessarily part of the Continuing Anglican Movement, but considers itself to be unilaterally in communion with any orthodox Anglican Jurisdiction that maintains the Historic Succession and maintains the Anglican Tradition of Common Prayer worship.
Our church's devotion to the King James Bible, Authorised Version, is more than just the inherent beauty of the Elizabethan language. A prominent Rabbi, Stuart Rosenberg of Toronto, Canada, in a television interview several years ago, was asked by the interviewer if he ministered to his flock using the Old Testament exclusively. Rabbi Rosenberg answered, "Tom, a Rabbi ministering to a congregation in North America must be entirely familiar with both the Old and New Testaments in order to be really effective in his ministry. I personally carry with me a copy od the King James Bible". The interviewer asked Why the King James? and Rev. Rosenberg answered, "The KING JAMES BIBLE, Authorised Version is the rendering of Scripture that most accurately reflects the spirituality of the Old Testament. Remember Tom, as it says in the New Testament, The letter of the Law killeth, and the Spirit giveth life". We couldn't agree more!
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