We affirm that the bedrock ministry of the Church is the priesthood of all believers. In our common baptism into the Body of Christ, we are all called to serve. Indeed, this call to ministry of all the faithful through the commissioning in our baptism is the most important ministry of the Church.
In addition to this universal ministry of all believers, we affirm the historic three-fold ordained ministry of bishop, priest, and deacon.
For Anglicans, the bishop is the servant and the teacher of the People of God, the one who is called to focus the issues of the moment through the lens of the living body of our collective wisdom. The churches in the Anglican tradition have always valued and safeguarded the historic episcopate, as being instituted by the Apostles for the leading of the faithful. We in the FEC embrace this core tradition of the Church, and we vouchsafe the valid succession of our bishops as an unbroken continuation of the historic episcopacy.
We value and honor and preserve the rich tradition carried forward by a servant and teaching episcopacy, as shepherds of the gathered community of faith.
Our Second Presiding Bishop
The Right Reverends Sherrie Albrecht and Rob Angus Jones (October 2004)
The Reverend Sherrie Albrecht was consecrated for the episcopacy of the Free Episcopal Church on October 9, 2004, at a public celebration of the Eucharist at St. Thomas United Methodist Church, in Glen Ellyn, Il. Bishop Albrecht's primary consecrator was the FEC's founding bishop Rt. Rev. Rob Angus Jones. Most Rev. Sharon Hart of the Contemporary Catholic Church, and Rt. Rev. Rusty Clyma of The New Church - Inclusive Anglican Reform, assisted Bishop Jones as co-consecrators. The consecration was according to the Anglican rite. Presenting delegates for the Free Episcopal Church were Rev. Deacon Philip R. Taylor, and Mr. Roger Kim. To view our Sacramental Lineage Click Here.