The Anglican Church of North America (ACNA)
The Anglican Church of the Resurrection, San Marcos, is a congregation within the Anglican Church in North America. The Anglican Church in North America unites 112,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church. On April 16, 2009 it was recognized as a province of the global Anglican Communion, by the Primates of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach is the Archbishop of the Church.
What we stand for
Members of the Anglican Church in North America are in the mainstream, both globally and historically, of Christianity – the biblically-faithful way of following Jesus and being part of the “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.” As Anglicans, this orthodoxy is defined by and centered on our church’s classic formularies – the Book of Common Prayer, including the Ordinal, and the Thirty-nine Articles – which all point back to the authority of the Holy Bible and articulate foundational principles of the Anglican tradition throughout the world. We wholeheartedly embrace the The Jerusalem Declaration [PDF], the founding declaration of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.
Learn more about the structure of the Anglican Church in North America here.
Diocese of Western Anglicans
The diocese comprises more than 25 parishes in California and the West. The Right Reverend William Thompson is the founding bishop of the Diocese of Western Anglicans.
San Diego Anglicans
Our San Diego region is composed of almost a dozen parishes who meet monthly with their own organizational charter and officers in order to support one another in our ministries.
The Anglican Church of the Resurrection was born out of an ongoing reformation within the worldwide Anglican Communion. This reformation is based on an understanding of the person and nature of Jesus Christ as being the sole source for salvation & eternal life and the authority of Holy Scripture. The Anglican Church of the Resurrection was formed on September 4, 2006 when her first pastor, The Rev. Dr. Eric Vawter Menees, and a group of dedicated lay leaders met at the Community Christian Church and School in San Marcos, California and re-dedicated themselves to Christ and pledged to form an Anglican Church that would conform to the doctrines and discipline of the orthodox Anglican Church world wide.
The first service was held the following Sunday, September 10, 2006 with more than 250 people in attendance. Thanks to the hospitality of the pastor and people of Community Christian Church, Resurrection met and worshiped in that space for fifteen months.
This time was absolutely essential in forming the foundation of our church. Immediately the Vestry was elected and established a Purpose Statement that exists to this day: “To Proclaim Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life and to Live in the power of His Resurrection.” The vestry affirmed our belief in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as the inspired word of God containing all things necessary for salvation and affirmed the historic Creeds as our statements of faith. Resurrection grew and matured in that first year and on January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany, 2008, she moved into her own space on Vallecitos de Oro in San Marcos.
In 2009, the Anglican Church of the Resurrection was one of the 21 founding parishes of the new Diocese of Western Anglicans, when it was approved as one of the first dioceses of the new Anglican Church in North America with The Rt. Rev. William A. Thompson as first bishop.
In September 2011, Rev. Menes left ACR to be consecrated the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin in Central California. In August 2012, the Rev. Canon William (Bill) Gandenberger began as the current Rector and Pastor. The congregation, soon thereafter, discerned the Vision that drives our congregation into the future: “We will see God act through our church family transforming people in North County.” In May of 2016, the congregation moved to its current location, sharing space with the San Marcos Seventh Day Adventist Church at 363 Woodland Parkway. Please join us as we share our vision and our future together proclaiming Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.