Testimonies – Why Anglican?

On this page, we’ll publish brief testimonies about what people from various religious backgrounds have found in the Anglican Church. We recommend the small book “Evangelicals on the Canterbury trail – Why Evangelicals are attracted to the liturgical church” by Robert Webber (Morehouse Publ., 2012). These short testimonies are mostly from this book. The second part of the book is made of several more detailed stories.


How an evangelical church planter discovered freedom in liturgy

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As the worship leader of a mega-church, Eddie Kirkland had a powerful platform to grow his ministry. And he left it all to plant a church—an Anglican church.
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1. Growing into a Holistic Spirituality

I grew up Pentecostal, so powerful spiritual experiences were par for the course. But when I received Eucharist from a priest for the first time, and he said, “Body of Christ,” I was shocked to tears. God’s presence, in a hunk of bread I was chewing? The candles, the musty carpet, the priest’s lisp—it was all so earthy. And I was terribly hungry for that.
—Amber Noel (M. Div.), Member, All Saints Anglican Church, Durham, North Carolina

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2. This is from the introduction to the book “Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail”, that we recommend as a invaluable introduction to Anglicanism.

In his introduction to this book’s first edition, Harold Lindsell wrote, “the Kingdom of God is broader than any denomination.” I wholeheartedly concur. Nonetheless, despite the dangers, potholes, and obstacles com­mon to all church trails, the Canterbury Trail can also lead the traveler to the revelation of God’s story in scripture and history.

—Dr. James R. Hart, President, Robert E, Webber Institute for Worship Studies, Orange Park, Florida

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3. A Longing for the Experience of Worship

The Book of Common Prayer has met two deep needs of mine: one for daily prayer and scripture reading, the other for a living connection to the Church through the ages. A touchstone in my stormy passage to adult faith, the Prayer Book still anchors me in Christ-centered worship and directs me in the well-worn paths of Christian discipleship.

—The Rev. Jason Ingalls, Development Assistant, Ridley Hall, Cambridge, England

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4. A Desire for Sacramental Reality

Ultimately* it was the deep passion and love for Christ’s sacraments that drew me to Anglicanism. 1 came to realize that they are how Christ gives himself to us. It’s deeply human. Spiritual, but also inherently fleshy. My understanding of scripture is key, but the sacraments take center stage in my conversion.

—A. G. Nelson, Member, St. John’s Anglican Church, Stockton, California

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5. The Search for Spiritual Identity

Looking back, I feel as though I had spent my whole life pacing over a squeaking floor board, and when I finally pried it up, I found a lost Van Gogh. Angli­canism was there beneath my feet the whole time. Just like a work of art, its beauty persuaded me, and within a short time my primary identity became located in the story of God and a global, sacramental, and creedal community.

—Brandon J. N. Walsh, Student, Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina

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