I. Who We Are
PEARUSA is a Missionary District (MD) and church planting movement of the Anglican Church of Rwanda (Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda—PEAR) and a sub-jurisdiction of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). It is a movement of churches and clergy who are birthed in Rwanda, planted in North America, bearing fruit in our communities.
Birthed in Rwanda
PEARUSA’s relationship with Rwanda exists because we want to be shaped and led by the part of the Anglican Church that is growing and vital—where missionary zeal and orthodoxy are combined in ways reminiscent of the early church. Rwanda’s pursuit of reconciliation, commitment to Gospel-driven mission, prayer, transparency and conciliar leadership binds us together in a relationship that strengthens us both. Through Rwanda, we are also connected to and shaped by the Global South in the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON). GAFCON’s common faith is clarified in the Jerusalem Declaration.
Planted in America
PEARUSA has a passion for communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. One primary way we pursue this is through planting churches. We are also actively committed and involved on multiple levels with the growth of united, biblical, mission-driven Anglicanism in North America as a sub jurisdiction of ACNA.
Bearing Fruit in our Communities
PEARUSA seeks to foster an environment that encourages healthy churches and church plants which are engaging their communities with the Gospel. In this we recognize the need for proper Episcopal and clerical order that proclaims the Gospel, serves sacrificially, builds teams, and equips and empowers others for ministry.
II. Our Role Within ACNA
PEARUSA stands committed to the vision articulated by the ACNA for a united, biblical, mission driven Anglicanism throughout our continent. PEARUSA is fully part of the ACNA as a sub jurisdiction. In January 2012, Archbishop Duncan urged us to “Become what you always thought you were, but also be a part of ACNA.” We have a unique opportunity to strengthen and encourage one another as we engage in ministry together.
Q. What do clergy need to do if they desire to remain in PEARUSA?
A. First, declare your intent for affiliation to your Regional Leader and then with PEARUSA’s administrator, the Rev. Donnie McDaniel firstname.lastname@example.org. Second, you will need to contact Patti Angulo at the AMiA headquarters to ask for your files to be sent to PEARUSA.
If you are currently canonically resident in another jurisdiction, you can simply follow normal procedures for transferring into PEARUSA.
Q. How does our church affiliate with PEARUSA?
A. If the church bylaws state an affiliation with the AMiA, the bylaws would need to be amended to state an affiliation with PEARUSA. Your Regional Leader is available to help you with discerning this change. Once the congregation has chosen affiliation with PEARUSA, please inform your Regional Leader and then inform PEARUSA’s administrator, the Rev. Donnie McDaniel email@example.com.
Q. What congregations are a part of PEARUSA?
A. Please click here for listings of all parishes currently affiliated. We will be updating this list monthly. If your parish is part of PEARUSA and you don’t see your church listed, please inform PEARUSA’s administrator, the Rev. Donnie McDaniel firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What are the details of PEARUSA’s structure and operation?
A. Please click here to view our Charter.
Q. What are Regional Networks and their relationship to Bishops?
A. PEARUSA is being organized into Regional Networks that will collegially carry out the strategies for mission and spiritual oversight, including conciliar participation in the selection of Bishops. Please see the Charter, particularly Article 3.
The three Regional Networks in formation are:
1. Middle Atlantic/East Coast: Virginia and North Carolina, Metro DC north
2. Southeast: The Deep South
3. West: The Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys (including the Great Lakes Region) and the Great Plains all the way to the Pacific (including Hawaii)
Here is the contact information for the leaders currently helping these Regional Networks form:
Middle Atlantic/East Coast
- Bishop Thad Barnum email@example.com
- Bishop Steve Breedlove firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rev Scott McLucas email@example.com
- Rev Quigg Lawrence firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rev David Bryan email@example.com
- Rev Aaron Burt firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rev Jay Greener email@example.com
- Rev Ken Ross firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What is the process of ordination and will women receive Holy Orders?
A. See the draft of our Charter, particularly Article 5.
Q. How will money be received and allocated in PEARUSA?
A. We encourage parishes to give 10% of their general offerings to PEARUSA. PEARUSA will divide 10% of its funds between Rwanda and ACNA by direction of the two Archbishops, starting at a 70% to PEAR and 30% to ACNA in the first year. All budgets and expense reports, both actual and proposed, are available here.
Q. How do I financially support PEARUSA?
A. Credit or debit card contributions may be made via PayPal or checks mailed to:
P.O. Box 51489
Durham, NC 27717