What is Anglicanism? Annual Anglican Theology Conference
What is Anglicanism?
With a membership of approximately 85 million worldwide, the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian body in the world, after the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches. In recent years, its center of gravity has moved to the Global South, where new understandings of Anglicanism have emerged amidst spiritual vitality and dynamic church growth. However, Anglican identity is still contested. This conference brings together global leaders and scholars, all of whom will present their conception of what it means to be Anglican. The conference will feature short papers, panel discussions with opportunity for audience participation, and time for fellowship. A book will issue from this conference.
- Archbishop Eliud Wabukala (Kenya)
- Archbishop Mouneer Anis (Egypt)
- Archbishop Foley Beach (ACNA)
- Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe, Toronto)
- Gerald Bray (Beeson Divinity School)
- Barbara Gauthier (Anglican News Update, Church of the Resurrection, Wheaton, IL)
- John Yates III (Holy Trinity, Raleigh)
- Andrew Pearson (Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham)
- Gerald McDermott (Beeson Divinity School)
- Baptist observer: Timothy George (Dean, Beeson Divinity School)
- Catholic observer: Rusty Reno (First Things)
Conference Speakers' Bios
Archbishop Eliud Wabukala
Eliud Wabukala is the Archbishop Emeritus of the Anglican Church of Kenya and has been a Bishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya for the last 14 years. He was formerly Academic Dean of St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya. Wabukala has been two times Chairman of the National Council of Churches of Kenya and was actively involved in post-election violence reconciliation process in Kenya. Wabukala has been an instrumental member of a peace planning commission with the Kenyan government to find a solution to the politically-instigated violence in that country.
Archbishop Mouneer Anis
Mouneer Anis received his Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery at Cairo University, Egypt in 1974. From 1979-2000 he served at Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf first as a resident and from 1980 as the director of the hospital.
In 1986, Anis received a diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Tropical Medicine. In 1993, he received a Certificate in Hospital Management and Administrations from the School of Public Health at the University of California.
In 1999, Anis was ordained a priest and served at All Saints Cathedral, Cairo. He then became the executive director of administration in the Diocese of Egypt. He did practical and theological training at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia, the Diocese of Canterbury in Kent (UK) as well as at Nashotah House in Wisconsin, USA. Also in 1999, he was elected by the Diocesan Synod to be the third Egyptian Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. In 2007, Anis was elected as the Primate of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. He was re-elected to serve another term as Primate in 2012. He was elected chairman of the Global South Anglicans of the Anglican Communion in 2012.
Anis focuses his efforts in building bridges in the society. In this regard, he played a key role in the interfaith agreement between the Anglican Communion and Al Azhar Al Sharif which was signed in 2002. He also participated for several years in the C-100 of the World Economic Forum as one of the religious leaders in this committee. The Diocese of Egypt under his leadership is now playing an important role in building bridges in order to achieve religious harmony and national unity. In this regard, Anis gives many lectures and speeches in many universities and organizations all over the world.
Anis is married to Nancy and they have two sons, Shady and Ramez.
Archbishop Foley Beach
Foley Beach served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia from its founding in 2004. In 2010 he was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South. After election by the ACNA College of Bishops, he began serving as Archbishop of the province in 2014.
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. His passion is to share the Word of God in such a way as to help others discover the incredible living Jesus. Married for more than 30 years, he and his wife, Allison, have two grown children and make their home in the Metro-Atlanta area.
Ephraim Radner (Ph.D., Yale University) is Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, an evangelical seminary in the Anglican tradition at the University of Toronto, where he teaches both ministerial and doctoral students. He is the author and editor of several books on ecclesiology, ecumenism, the nature of Scripture, natural theology, pneumatology, and the character of the human creature, most recently Time and the Word (2016), Church (2017), and Chasing the Shadows (2018). He is a contributor to the Oxford History of Anglicanism. A former church worker in Burundi and an Anglican priest, he has also served several parishes in the United States. He has been active in the affairs of the global Anglican Communion. He continues to visit, consult, and teach in various parts of the world, including Asia and Africa.
Gerald Bray is research professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He is a priest of the Church of England, the editor of the Anglican journal Churchman and the author of several editions of classical Anglican documents, including twenty volumes of Convocation records from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. His most recent publication is a collated edition of the Bishops’ Book (1537), the King’s Book (1543) and Bishop Bonner’s Book (1555), published as The Institution of a Christian Man by James Clarke and Co. (2018).
Barbara Gauthier (Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in medieval French literature) edits the Anglican News Update. She has taught Latin and Greek and is currently a teacher and catechist at Church of the Resurrection and the Greenhouse Movement. She is married to the Canon Theologian of the Diocese of the Upper Midwest (ACNA) and they have three grown sons.
John Yates is Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, in Raleigh, N.C., where he has served since 2010. He is married to Alysia and the father of four. Yates completed his Ph.D. in New Testament at Cambridge University after receiving master's degrees from Trinity School for Ministry and King's College, London. John serves on the board for the Center for Pastor Theologians, and is co-editor of The Reformation Anglicanism Essential Library (Crossway) with Ashley Null.
Andrew Pearson was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Virginia, working in youth ministries during his school years. After college he worked for a Christian ministry in Washington D.C. before heading off to seminary. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2007 graduate of the University of Oxford (Wycliffe Hall).
Pearson served as Associate Rector at the Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort, South Carolina, from 2007 until his call to the Advent in the fall of 2011. From 2011 through 2013, he served as the Advent’s Canon for Parish Life and Evangelism, and he subsequently accepted the call to serve as Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent upon the retirement of Frank Limehouse in January 2014.
Pearson is an avid golfer, outdoorsman, and reader. He is married to Lauren Saddler Pearson, and they have three daughters, Lily, Mary Cabell, and Ware.
Gerald McDermott joined the Beeson Divinity school faculty in 2015 as the Anglican Professor of Divinity, and teaches history and doctrine. He is the author, co-author or editor of many books, including A Trinitarian Theology of Religions (with Harold Netland), Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods, The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel and the Land, Israel Matters: Why Christians Must Think Differently about the People and the Land, Cancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide for Patients and their Families, and Famous Stutterers. His academic research focus has been three-fold: Jonathan Edwards, Christian understandings of other religions, and the meaning of Israel. As a renowned Edwards scholar, McDermott has produced six books on Edwards; his Theology of Jonathan Edwards (coauthored with Michael McClymond) won Christianity Today’s 2013 award for Top Book in Theology/Ethics. Before coming to Beeson, he was the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College since 2008 and on faculty since 1989. An Anglican priest, he is associate pastor at Christ the King Anglican Church, and is married to Jean. Together they have three sons and eleven grandchildren.
Timothy George has been the dean of Beeson Divinity School since its inception in 1988. As founding dean, he has been instrumental in shaping its character and mission. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, George teaches church history and doctrine. He is a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College, is active in Evangelical–Roman Catholic Church dialogue, and has chaired the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He serves as senior theological advisor for Christianity Today, and is on the editorial advisory boards of First Things and Books & Culture. George is the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a 28-volume series of sixteenth-century exegetical comment. A prolific author, he has written more than 20 books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals. His recent books include Reading Scripture with the Reformers, The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student's Guide (with David Dockery), Our Sufficiency Is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor (with James Earl Massey and Robert Smith, Jr.), and Amazing Grace: God’s Pursuit, Our Response. His Theology of the Reformers (25th Anniversary ed., 2013) is the standard textbook on Reformation theology in many schools and seminaries and has been translated into multiple languages. An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, George has served churches in Georgia, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Alabama. He and his wife, Denise, have two adult children.
R.Reno is the editor of First Things magazine. He was formerly a professor of theology and ethics at Creighton University. Reno is the author of several books, including Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society, Fighting the Noonday Devil — and Other Essays Personal and Theological, In the Ruins of the Church, Redemptive Change: Atonement and the Cure of the Soul, and a theological commentary on the Book of Genesis in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series, for which he also serves as general editor. He has also coauthored two books, Heroism and The Christian Life and Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible. His scholarly work ranges widely in systematic and moral theology, as well as in questions of biblical interpretation.