The Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes is a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America, and was established June 2010. It currently has 54 congregations and two diocesan religious orders, in the American states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and one in the Canadian province of Ontario. We have also just planted our first congregation in Mexico City.
The history of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes starts in April 2003, when five parishes from northern Ohio left the Episcopal Church, because of its departure from orthodox Anglicanism, to align themselves with the Diocese of Bolivia, in the Anglican Province of South America. New parishes joined and expanded the ADGL. Because of geographical distance, it became clear it was not practical to integrate into the South American Province. The Great Lakes parishes transferred into the Convocation of Anglicans in North America in 2007, a missionary outreach of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. In December 2007, Roger Ames, the rector of St. Luke's Anglican Church in Akron, Ohio, was consecrated as suffragan bishop of CANA. The churches, now numbering 13 congregations, become the Anglican District of the Great Lakes of CANA, in August 2008, with Roger Ames as their first bishop. The district was a founding member, as part of CANA, of the Anglican Church in North America, in June 2009.
In an extraordinary Constitutional Convention, held in April 2010, the district became the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes. On June 9 of the same year, the Provincial Assembly of the ACNA unanimously recognized the new diocese. Roger Ames was elected at the Constitutional Convention their first bishop, being formally installed at the diocesan annual convention in Akron, Ohio on April 30, 2011. The ADGL now numbers over 50 congregations.
In July of 2012, the Anglican Mission in America, Heart of North America Network and the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes merged together as one united Diocese in the heart of North America. HONA’s Bishop David Loomis, in collaboration with Bishop Roger Ames invited all HONA parishes and clergy to become a part of the ADGL. This is an exciting time in the life of our diocese as we combine resources to reach people with the transforming love of the gospel of our Lord Savior Jesus Christ. Upon Bp. Ames retirement, the ADGL held an extraordinary Synod, on October 3, 2015, which nominated three candidates to be considered for election as the new bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes. The College of the Bishops of the ACNA, meeting in Vero Beach, Florida, on January 6, 2016, elected The Rev. Dr. Ronald Jackson, as the second bishop of the ADGL. He was consecrated Bishop at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Akron, Ohio, on 28 April 2016. Bishop Jackson is ably assisted in the episcopal oversight of the Diocese by Bp. Ames and Bp. Peter Beckwith, retired bishop of Springfield.