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Anglicans are Christians that pursue a way of faith that is comprehensive, ancient, liturgical, and global.
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Christ Church Plano was founded in 1985 and has grown to become a leading Anglican church in North America and the world.
The Anglican Church in North America unifies over 100,000 Anglicans in the United States, Canada, and Mexico with millions worldwide.
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Anglicans trace our roots to the protestant reformation. Godly bishops sought to reform England’s catholic faith through the renewal of its worship. Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer translated the Latin liturgy into English and reasserted the authority of Holy Scripture in the church’s life.
Comprehensive. For 500 years, Anglicanism has integrated aspects of theology and worship from both reformation and catholic traditions. By holding firmly to the authority of Holy Scripture and the orthodox creeds, the Anglican faith blends together the best of these various expressions, creating a distinct ‘middle way’ of worship that avoids extremes and adapts to a variety of contexts. Some notable Anglican writers include theologians C.S. Lewis and N.T. Wright, novelists Jane Austen and Madeleine L'Engle, and poets John Donne and T.S. Eliot.
Ancient. Jesus commissioned his apostles to go make disciples of all nations, baptize in the name of the Holy Trinity, and teach people to observe all the commands of Christ (Matthew 28:19). Since then, the gospel revealed in Holy Scripture has been faithfully proclaimed to the world and handed down in the church throughout the ages. In keeping with this original and ancient mission, our ministry is ordered according to the historic three-fold offices of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon. These pastors are tasked to uphold the “faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3) as expressed in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds.
Liturgical. The English Reformers sought to disciple their entire nation through the reading and preaching of Holy Scripture within the context common prayer. Since then, Anglicans have used written prayers to help the church pray as one body with one voice. The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the basis for all our public services of worship as well as our personal prayer. Following the ancient saying lex orandi lex credendi (meaning ‘the way we pray determines the way we believe’), the BCP is also a standard for Anglican theology and practice.
Global. We are connected to a worldwide community of Christians. The Anglican Communion is the third-largest Christian denomination in the world, comprised of 85 million people in over 165 countries. Today, Anglicans are on the cutting edge of church planting and intercultural mission; in fact, Anglicans are most numerous in Africa and the Global South. Regardless of where you are in the world, the Book of Common Prayer unites Anglicans in worship and mission.
Christ Church began as a mission in 1985 when Bishop Patterson of The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas asked the Rev. David H. Roseberry to found a new church in the west Plano area. The first church service met at Carpenter Middle School in Plano on August 4, 1985. That day, 240 worshipers attended. Christ Church gained parish status in the Diocese of Dallas on October 30, 1986. Our 1,400-seat sanctuary on Legacy Drive opened in January 2001.
Christ Church officially severed its ties with The Episcopal Church USA on September 15, 2006, becoming a founding member of the Anglican Church in North American (ACNA). As a biblically orthodox and missional Anglican church, we receive pastoral oversight through the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO) from Bishop Todd Hunter.
The Very Rev. Canon Paul Donison was inducted as the new rector of Christ Church Plano on January 8, 2017 after serving as rector-elect for over 9 months.
The Anglican Church in North America was founded in June, 2009. Christ Church Plano was honored to host the investiture of the ACNA’s first Archbishop and Primate, the Most Rev. Robert Duncan.
The ACNA is a province in formation which unifies over 100,000 Anglicans in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in over 700 parishes and 28 dioceses. Many of the world’s Anglican leaders, including the Global South primates (who represent over 70% of Anglicans worldwide), have officially recognized the Anglican Church in North America.
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