TORY BAUCUM BECOMES CANTERBURY PREACHER
will be installed as one of the Six Preachers during Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral
on 14 March.
The Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral
unanimously approved the nomination of Dr Baucum
shortly before Christmas.
While Dr Baucum
has extensive experience of preaching, evangelism and peace-making, his
appointment is also recognition of his
commitment to reconciliation, which is one of Archbishop Justin's
seceded from the Diocese of Virginia
and the Episcopal Church
in 2006 and subsequently became part of the Anglican Church in North America
When Dr Baucum became Rector in 2007, the church and the diocese were involved in litigation over property rights.
Dr Baucum, a priest in ACNA, developed a close friendship with Episcopal Bishop of Virginia, the Rt Revd Shannon Johnston, and a settlement was subsequently reached.
Commenting on the appointment, Archbishop Justin
is a fine scholar, an excellent preacher, and above all someone with a holistic approach to ministry.
The close friendship he
has forged with Bishop Shannon Johnston, despite their immensely different views, sets a pattern of reconciliation based on integrity and transparency.
Such patterns of life are essential to the future of the Communion.
I hope and pray that Tory's presence as one of the Six Preachers will play a part in promoting reconciliation and unity among us."
The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, said: "In recent times, the Six Preachers have become a significant and diverse group from across the whole Anglican Communion and fulfil a role of preaching and teaching from time to time in Canterbury.
We look forward to welcoming Dr Baucum
, whose particular gifts will enrich the group still further."
Dr Baucum said: "I am deeply moved by the honour bestowed upon ACNA and especially the congregation of Truro Church in this appointment by Archbishop Welby to be a Six Preacher of Canterbury Cathedral.
Dr Baucum is Chairman of the Board of Fresh Expressions USA and a Board Member of Alpha-USA.
is married to Elizabeth and they have three teenage daughters.