Queen's Chaplain Consecrated Missionary Bishop to Anglicans in UK
Sept. 29, 2017
The Feast of St Michael and All Angels
The Christian Episcopal Church of Canada and the USA, has announced the
consecration in Vancouver, BC, during the course of an Episcopal Synod,
of the Rt. Rev'd Dr Gavin Ashenden, a former Chaplain to the Queen, as
missionary bishop to the United Kingdom and Europe.
Bishop Ashenden is charged with the responsibility of working as closely
and collaboratively as possible with those Anglicans who are committed
to remaining faithful to orthodox Christianity. In particular with the
Free Church of England and the 'Unity Forum' that has been created to
achieve that unity of purpose and action in the UK.
The Right Reverend John Fenwick, convenor of the Unity Forum, said:
'Gavin's stand for orthodoxy has been an encouragement to Anglicans in
the UK and beyond. We look forward to working closely with him as we
face the challenges that lie ahead.'
The Christian Episcopal Church is a traditionalist Anglican Denomination
which originally emerged from The Episcopal Church in the United States
(TEC) in the 1980s in response to the capitulation of that Church to
secular values and priorities.
Its bishops celebrate the fact that their Orders derive from both
Anglican and Roman Catholic successions, and so offer potential for
mutual recognition and collaboration in ecumenical relationships. At the
same time their commitment to the Gospel and the Scriptures has created
powerful alliances across the evangelical and charismatic spectrum.
As the Church of England is in the process of abandoning Christian
teaching on culture, sexuality, marriage and the uniqueness of Christian
revelation, the Bishops of the Christian Episcopal Church believed that
it was their responsibility to offer a renewed episcopal oversight and
encouragement to those Anglicans in the UK and Europe who had become
distressed and disillusioned by the changes of direction and the
adoption of secular values by the Church of England.
Dr Ashenden trained originally in the law, and was ordained as an
Anglican priest in Southwark Cathedral in 1980. He worked in parishes in
South London for ten years before becoming a University Chaplain and a
lecturer in the Psychology of Religion for 23 years.
He holds degrees in Law, Theology, the Psychology of Religion and a
doctorate on the work of the Anglican theologian and poet, Charles
Williams. He was a member of the General Synod for 20 years.
He was appointed as one of the Canon theologians at Chichester
Cathedral, and in 2008 as a Chaplain to the Queen. He was a presenter
for the BBC Radio's Faith and Ethics programmes for four years and has
written as a columnist for the both the Times and Church Times. In 2017
he resigned as Chaplain to the Queen so that he could speak out more
freely in the wake of the Quranic readings in Glasgow Cathedral which
denied the divinity of Christ.
The Most Rev'd Theodore Casimes, is Archbishop of the Christian
Episcopal Church in the United States, Bishop Co-adjutor of the
Christian Episcopal Church in Canada, Bishop of the Diocese of Seattle.