New Life
Anglican Church
 
We exist to glorify God by deepening the roots of our faith and bringing people to new life in Jesus Christ.
 
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Archbishop Foley Beach. The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has elected the Rt. Rev. Foley Beach as its second archbishop in succession to the Most Rev. Robert Duncan. Meeting in a private conclave at St Vincent College in LaTrobe, Penna., on 22 June 2014 ACNA's bishops joined by the Primate of the Church of Uganda, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of Kampala, elected Bishop Beach by secret ballot. A native of Atlanta, Dr. Beach was educated at Georgia State University, trained for the ministry at the University of the South and earned at Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He served in the Diocese of Atlanta from 1992 to 2004, when he withdrew from the Episcopal Church following the consecration of V. Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire. In 2004 Bishop Beach founded Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia. On 9 October 2010 he was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South. A native of Atlanta, Dr. Beach was educated at Georgia State University, trained for the ministry at the University of the South and earned at Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He served in the Diocese of Atlanta from 1992 to 2004, when he withdrew from the Episcopal Church following the consecration of V. Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire. In 2004 Bishop Beach founded Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia. On 9 October 2010 he was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South. Bishop Beach and his wife Allison have been married for over 30 years and have two children.
 
Bishop Ronald Jackson Spiritual Biography; Conversion and Call to Ministry: I was blessed to be born into a Christian family. I cannot remember a time when I did not know Jesus. Ours was also a military family. The church was always a center of stability in our lives. My mother would find the "spiritually alive" chaplains and I was always in the Sunday School, children's choir, and acolyte ministries. I became an Eagle Scout and earned the God and Country Award. As a result, though I am a "cradle Episcopalian," I had a variety of denominational influences through various army chaplains in my spiritual formation. This has given me a deep appreciation for the wider body of Christ that is very much a part of my ministry today.
Like many college students during the sixties, I went through a time of spiritual searching and began to question the faith that I had received as a child. Out of that search, by God's grace, came a deepened and conscious intellectual and spiritual commitment to the scriptures and to Christ. As a Graduate Fellow at the University of California at Davis. I was the only professed Christian in my graduate department which led to numbers of interesting conversations. As a result, one of my self-described "agnostic" Jewish professors came to me for counsel about a situation with which he was struggling. Afterward he said, "Jackson, you should be a priest" and I knew he was right. I completed my Master's degree, withdrew from the Doctoral program and entered the ordination process.
I attended Nashotah House because of its focus on a disciplined spiritual life. After two years, I decided to do an intern year in an inner-city black, anglo-catholic, ghetto parish in Compton, California. My ministry was to work with street kids. The street culture was very different from anything I had experienced and the young people's needs were overwhelming. Not surprisingly, I hit the wall. I didn't know what to do and began to question my call to the priesthood. My supervising priest, Fr. Llewellyn Williams, called me in, prayed with me, and told me to do three things: (1) read the New Testament to see how the disciples needed to change before Christ could use them, (2) pray for the Holy Spirit to show me what needed to change in my life, and (3) wait for God to send me the people I needed to learn from. As I did these things, God was faithful and sent three people into my life. Two of them were ex-gang leaders who had met Christ in prison and had their lives radically transformed. Christ knit us together as a team and amazing things began to happen. They taught me the difference between knowing about Christ and knowing him in a more intimate way and how to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit.  My faith moved from my head to my heart. I learned that ministry isn't just what I do for God, it is also what he wants to do through me. Jesus humbled me, rescued me from my own self-reliance, and continues to transform my life.
 
Our Rector/Pastor: The Rev. Michael J. Bridge, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He lived in Pittsburgh for 26 years, attending the University of Pittsburgh and Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Upon graduation from Trinity in 2004, Mike was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Duncan and moved to Ulysses, KS to work in the [Episcopal] Diocese of Western Kansas under Bishop James Adams, who ordained him a priest in December 2004. Mike served as Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church and Vicar of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church before leaving southwest Kansas to come to New Life here in Petoskey.Mike is very Orthodox in his faith and believes that the proclamation of the gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus is the most important aspect of his calling. He loves to preach and teach and is very passionate about apologetics and sharing and defending the gospel. Mike has been married to Bonnie Bridge since July 31, 2004 and so far they have four children; Mickey, Joshua, Daniel and Samuel. In his free time, Mike loves to spend time with his family, especially having lightsaber duels with Mickey and pretending to be a dinosaur with Josh.
 
Our Vestry
2017 NLAC Vestry
Senior Warden:
Catherine Carey
Junior Warden:
Don Greenwell
Ferd Dielman
   
Toni DuBois Don Lucky Liz Ostrander Wally Stansbury

Our Treasurers & Staff

     
Treasurer:
KC McAlpine
Assistant Traeasurer:
Susan Davis
Assistant Traeasurer:
Sally Stump
 
Our Administrative Assistant: Tracey Jepsen is a native of the Petoskey area. She and husband of 32 years (David) have three adult children; Leann(Ryan), Rachel(Kyle) and Tyler. Tracey was a stay-at-home mom until Dec.'99 when she returned to work force first as a drivers helper/pre-loader for UPS, then as a part-time Pastoral Assistant at Agape Baptist Church and college student. In May of 2006, Tracey graduated from North Central Michigan College with an A.A.S. in Marketing. She is happy to be using her education and experience to further the Lord's work here at New Life.
To contact us:
P.O. Box 481

Petoskey, Michigan 49770
Phone: 231.347- 3448
E-mail: office@newlifeanglican.com
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