The Worldwide Anglican Church 1921-2020
We warmly welcome you to the Worldwide Anglican Church, founded in 1921 with one solid mission of evangelism and service – namely, the ‘Great Commission.’ We achieve this by being a culturally diverse, dynamic, and loving family with churches throughout the world. We are honored to be part of the rich tapestry of the ancient Anglican tradition with many of our clergies coming from Roman Catholic and Anglican seminaries, whilst others have a Methodist, Baptist and Pentecostal background before being called to the Anglican Church. We embrace this fact enthusiastically, for it enables us to meet people exactly where they are.
Although we are a conservative Church, we respect all Christians and fellowship with each other in organized Interfaith services when appropriate. Our clergies passionately serve in their communities around the world for the glory of God! We are proud to serve some of the most economically challenged communities on earth, and we work with community leaders and organizations to serve the homeless, the poor, the dying, orphans, refugees, and those whose voices cannot be heard. We are grateful to know that we have helped people in their times of suffering, sadness, crisis, and bereavement to celebrating with families in their times of joy, unions, and births. We offer services and sound biblical teachings true to the Anglican tradition and celebrate with the Book of Common Prayer.
All our churches are appropriately lively, culturally rich, and offer a combination of Anglo/Catholic Eucharist services, as well as opportunities for the expression of dance and music. Through passionate evangelism, we take you from the cross to the throne in heaven, for we firmly believe that our hope, Salvation and Resurrection Power comes from the ultimate sacrifice that our Lord made for us at Calvary.
The Worldwide Anglican Church is a conservative, bible-based Church, and much emphasis is placed upon teaching from the Word and putting faith into action. To this end, we work closely as a team to fulfill our mission throughout the world. This is done through our Committees, Councils, and Commissions, which include: the Consultative Council, Finance and Endowment Committee, Membership and Candidate Selection Committee, the Liturgy Commission, International Special Events Committee, Project Development Committee, Bereavement and Chaplaincy Committee, Children’s Council, Public Relations and Communication Committee, Historical Research Committee, and the Committee on Faith and Justice. We warmly invite you to peruse our website, where you will learn more about the ministries we offer to thousands in need.
We serve across the world in the following countries: The USA, India, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Johannesburg, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua, South Sudan, Barbados/West Indies, Nepal, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Cameroon, Cape Town/ South Africa, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom.
As we begin to organize our Centenary celebrations, we continue to reflect upon the great responsibilities that have been placed upon us, and we encourage and welcome you to join us as we walk in grace, truth, mercy, and love.
The Worldwide Anglican Church began on September 2nd, 1921, and was called The African Orthodox Church. Its faith, as declared, was Orthodox, in conformity with the Orthodox Churches of the east from which its Episcopate was derived. While it admitted to membership and other privileges persons of all races, it sought particularly to reach out to millions of African descents in both hemispheres and declared itself to be perpetually autonomous and controlled by Africans. Hence the name, African Orthodox.The African Orthodox Church (AOC) owed its Episcopate and Apostolic Authority to the Syrian Church of Antioch where their disciples were first called Christians, and of which the See of St Peter the Apostle was the first Bishop.
In a Bull issued by Ignatius Peter III, Patriarch of Antioch and the East, permission was given for the Consecration of the Priest Joseph Rene Vilatte as Archbishop – Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of America, namely, for churches adhering to the Orthodox Faith; and, on May 29th, 1892, Archbishop Vilatte was duly consecrated in Ceylon by Archbishop Julius Alvarez, assisted by the Syrian Bishops George Gregorius and Paul Athanasius, all three being under obedience of the Patriarch of Antioch. His Grace, the Most Rev ++ George Alexander McGuire, the first Bishop, Metropolitan Archbishop of the African Orthodox Church was born on March 28, 1866, in Sweets, Antigua. He was also a physician and surgeon at the Boston College of Physicians and Surgeons, was an Episcopal priest, who became involved in a movement to establish a Black Anglican denomination. He was consecrated a Bishop on September 21, 1921, in Chicago, according to the book “Black Moses: The Story of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association.”
Father McGuire left his Boston pulpit in 1920 to become Chaplain General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, founded by Garvey. McGuire served many years with UNIA, which was based in New York. Garvey argued that “God was made in our image—black.” When the Fourth International Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World met in 1924, Bishop McGuire urged Negroes to name a day when they would tear down and burn pictures of a white Madonna and white Christ in our homes. “Then let us start our Negro painters getting busy,” Bishop McGuire said. “And supply a black Madonna and a black Christ for the training of our children.” At the time of his death on November 10, 1934, the African Orthodox Church had 30,000 members and about 50 clergies in 30 parishes in the United States, Africa, Cuba, Antigua, and Venezuela. He was canonized by the African Orthodox Church on July 31, 1983. He is a saint of the church.
During the 1960s and 1970s, the Church played a massive role in the fight against APARTHEID in South Africa and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in the United States of America. In 1997, AOC implemented the reform and changed its name to the Anglican African Orthodox Church (AAOC). From its inception, the AAOC set out to prevent the notion that we are a black church. We made it clear that we serve all God’s people; thus, in 2002 there was a name change to Anglican Church Worldwide (ACW.) Our Matriarch, Her Grace, the Most Rev ++ Dr. Christine Johnson is a strong advocate for civil rights. Within the WAC, she has formed an International Congress on Faith and Justice with the intention of fighting for civil rights across the world. The WAC believes it is our duty to speak for those who have no voice, and whose lives are subjected to cruelty, racism, and discrimination.
Unjust leadership prompts the Church Reformation. The initiative to commence the ACW reform was taken by the prevailing Bishops and Priests because of the egocentric leadership, obscure accounting and duplicitous exploitation demonstrated by the former Presiding Archbishop in Illinois, USA during his administration. Following the eradication of wrongful concords of the previous administration, the ACW renounced its name and became the Worldwide Anglican Church (WAC) in July 2017, and Installed its new Patriarch, His Grace the Most Rev ++ Christopher Lwanga Tusubira.
A historical appointment. After much prayer, fasting, and discussion, the WAC and Mercy Worldwide Ministries Anglican Church (MWMAC) came into Intercommunion with each other to form a robust union in December 2018. In addition to this Intercommunion, the WAC appointed its first female Archbishop, British/American The Most Rev ++ Dr. Christine Johnson, Presiding Bishop of the MWMAC to the Archbishop Directorate General of the Americas and Europe. Her Grace has since bestowed this lineage to a few of our Bishops in 2019, and the WAC is honored to have an unbroken lineage in both the West and East Succession.)
Historical merger. On February 2nd, 2019, MWMAC merged with the WAC and Archbishop Dr. Christine Johnson became WAC’s first Ex-Officio Matriarch. On May 30th, 2019, Her Grace was Installed in Huila, Colombia, South America and on August 1st, she became Co-Presiding Bishop of the WAC alongside His Grace, the Most Rev Christopher Lwanga Tusubira from Uganda.
In August 2019, a conference was held to end an ongoing theological debate within the church. As a result of the deliberations, the conference resolved to divide the church into two in a legitimate manner. The WAC formally approved the resolution of the conference of which regulates the division of the church and the inheritance by both groups led by Archbishop Lwanga Tusubira and Archbishop Dr. Johnson, and the group named the Continuing Anglican Church (Coanch) led by Archbishop Sato. In September, the WAC and the Coanch arrived at a partnership agreement and agreed to maintain mutual cooperation and mutual apostolic succession.
Our Centenary in 2021. As we look forward with pride, honor, and anticipation to our glorious Centenary on September 28th, 2021, we cannot help but reflect upon the history of our great Anglican church. The work of this branch of the one true vine began in earnest and continues to develop a strong foundation across the world as a unified traditional Anglican faith. History will decide on the work of the WAC, but it will be left to our successors to carry the vision. It is our hope that we, who have courageously and boldly planted the seeds of growth, while we will not see it, will bear fruit that brings others to the glorious kingdom of God.
The Worldwide Anglican Church Central Office is registered and incorporated in Uganda, and registered in Ohio, USA, South Sudan and India.