The consecration of Canon Andy Lines as “Missionary Bishop for Europe” took place last Friday in the United States.
The service took place at Edman Chapel, on the campus of Wheaton College, near Chicago, and concluded a conference, “Mission on Our Doorstep”, attended by more than 1400 Anglican leaders, a GAFCON press release said. In attendance from outside North America were 11 Primates, three archbishops, and 13 bishops.
The president of the standing committee of the Diocese of the South (a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America), the Very Revd Don Hutchens, confirmed before the consecration that Canon Lines had been received into the diocese on 5 June, and was a priest in good standing.
The Secretary of the College of Bishops of ACNA, Bishop Steve Wood, then certified that, on 26 June, that it had elected Canon Lines to be “Bishop for Special Mission”.
During the service, Canon Lines made the ACNA “oath of conformity”. He swore to “pay true and canonical obedience in all things lawful and honest to the Archbishop of this church and to his successors”.
The sermon was preached by the Archbishop of Nigeria, the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh, who urged Canon Lines to “correct, rebuke, and encourage”, and to “keep watch over yourself and then over the flock [of] which God has made you an overseer today. You need to be on your guard because we live in a world that is so slippery.”
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