We welcome Fr. Thierry Hakpon and the people of St. Athanasius to the Missionary Diocese of All Saints…
By John Dixon
St Athanasius began in 2003 as an answer to prayers for a local Anglican church that was orthodox to escape the corrosive innovations of WO and other strange doctrines of the 79 BCP.
Our path began by visiting the AMiA’s first Conference in Selwickly, PA and eventually led us to Fr.’s Charles Nalls and Samuel Edwards, who in spite of the contention surrounding the infamous Accokeek case in the Diocese of Washington DC, were willing to help us get started.
In July 2003 we held a public meeting in an Ashland hotel conference room with Mass followed by a discussion on the many problems in TEC and St. Athanasius Anglican formed around a core group. Our first prayer and Holy Communion services were held in our homes until a local Methodist church shared it’s sanctuary with us, from there we rented space in a Ruritan Club and a VFW Hall until
purchasing property in Glen Allen,Va., the “Church House”, which has an intimate chapel where we now hold weekday services. Sunday worship services are held at a larger venue at Cobblestones Park on Overhill Lake Road as we search for property to accommodate growth.
St Athanasius has been blessed with the gifts of many lay people and fine clergy that have selflessly worked to ensure this success of this plant.
Having begun by entered the Continuing Church but seeing declining numbers and little interest or understanding of evangelism, we asked to be received into MDAS hoping the center of gravity for orthodox Anglicanism in the USA is now realized. Growth, evangelism and orthodoxy are important to us as signs of God’s blessing and we are hopeful to be a contributing participant in resolving past innovations restoring orthodoxy and catholic order and witnessing the end of the many sad divisions.