What We Believe and Affiliations

In 2007, a small group of Christians in and around Orange began meeting in a home on Sundays for Morning Prayer. Others joined them and, in time, a church began, later to be known as Christ Anglican Church. Various leaders helped grow the church in its early years, and in 2011 The Rev. Jim Beavers was installed as pastor.

 Christ Anglican is a member congregation in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic (DOMA) of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) in the worldwide Anglican Communion (What Is Anglicanism?).

 

What We Believe

 

Christ Anglican holds to the biblically-faithful, historically-rooted gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only “…name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). We maintain the central tenets of faith held by biblical Anglicans around the world, drawn from Scripture and the Ancient Church.

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Historical statements of our beliefs are summarized in the ancient Creeds (ApostlesNicene), the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, and the Jerusalem Declaration.

 The church’s catechism contains instruction and teaching for those new to the Christ faith as well as those growing deeper: To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.

Our Leadership

Rector – Rev. James Beavers

The Rev. Jim Beavers has been pastor of Christ Anglican since 2011. He came to faith in a Baptist Church and grew in discipleship through a nondenominational church before discovering the biblical depth and beauty of Anglicanism.

 Prior to becoming a priest, Jim spent years in primary and secondary teaching/administration as well as in non-profit organizations, including the C.S. Lewis Institute.

 Jim and his wife, Anne, met in college and were married during graduate school. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren and one spoiled cat named Dolley Madison.

 

Deacon – Deborah Robbins

I began my diaconate in 2011 here at Christ Anglican Church.   My story is, well, ordinary. It is not a story filled with larger than life heroics, but it is a story of desperation and redemption. It is a story of one who bears her own share of weaknesses yet is called to be about the care of souls in Jesus’ name as I am confident in the changeless message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform lives.

While I serve as a parish deacon, I also minister in the world as a grief and loss pastoral counselor. I am associated with a multi-county ministry that focuses on the spiritual care and support of those experiencing trauma, loss, suicide, death, divorce, long term afflictions and terminal illnesses. Constantly, amid counseling relationships, I am asking, “Where is God working in this situation and how does he want me to proceed?” It is a diaconal calling that does not seek to exercise power but does serve in a space that is created “in which healer and patient can reach out to each other as fellow travelers sharing the same broken condition.” (Henri Nouwen)

I am married to Mark and we have two children, both married, and six grandchildren. We find joy in spending time as a family and exploring God’s creation.