Join us in welcoming Bishop Martyn Minns
It is with great excitement that we host Bishop Martyn Minns at Christ Church Anglican this Sunday. Bishop Minns will open for us the Scriptures by preaching at our 4:00 service, and he will not disappoint! He is known far and wide as a seasoned and excellent expositor of the Word of God who emphasizes the Cross of Jesus Christ as well as an evangelical call to worldwide mission and outreach to persecuted Christians and the poor. He is already well known to many of you. Here he is pictured with the current Primate of All Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh.
Bishop Minns was Rector of Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, Virginia when he led several churches out of the Episcopal diocese there in 2006, which later formed together the Anglican District of Virginia. Bishop Minns was shortly thereafter consecrated a bishop by Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola to shepherd these and other churches as the head of a newly created missionary district of the Church of Nigeria called CANA. Bishop Minns and CANA subsequently proved pivotal in the convening of GAFCON and the creation of the Anglican Church in North America, our national church, in 2009.
He has traveled globally, ministered widely, is known internationally, and has been present at some of the most crucial gatherings of global Anglicans in the past ten years. As you can imagine, he has stories to tell. We are therefore also pleased to host Bishop Minns for an informal Q&A after our service when you can ask him your own questions about the history of our national church, his role in global Anglican realignment, and his thoughts and hopes about the days ahead for the global church. Bring your questions!
Bishop Minns was a mentor to our own Bishop Julian and to our founding priest Alan Crippen when he worshiped at Truro. He is married to Angela and has five children and twelve grandchildren.
Friends, as I hope is plain from this email, it is a great honor to have Bishop Minns with us. Please help us honor him by being present with us at Christ Church this Sunday. It is important to me that we have a good crowd to greet him. It will be time well spent.
Blessings to you all in Jesus' mighty name,