Anglicans are the third largest group of Christians in the world (after the Roman Catholics and the Orthodox), but our ‘flavor’ remains a mystery to some. Maybe you haven’t heard of the Anglican Church before. Anglicans are a family of Christians all around the world who trace their spiritual heritage back to the Church of England. The Christian faith came to England in the first or second century AD. It flourished there for over a thousand years as part of the Catholic Church. In the 1500s, leaders in the Church of England grew concerned that the Church had drifted from the biblical faith handed down by Jesus’ apostles. Like other church leaders throughout Europe, leaders in the Church of England sought to bring the church back to its biblical roots. So, the Church of England went through its own reformation as part of the larger Protestant Reformation. Since then, the Anglican way has spread around the globe. Today there are Anglican churches on every continent. Being an Anglican is a way of being rooted in thousands of years of Christian history. Each Anglican church is part of a global movement of more than 80 million people in over 150 countries.
Our local church is connected with a regional group of churches called the Reformed Episcopal Church. Our diocese is connected to many other diocese throughout the USA and Canada and forms The Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). The ACNA is connected to other Anglican provinces around the world in a movement called GAFCON(Global Anglican Future Conference).
There are three words that helpfully express the heart of Anglicanism: Rooted, Reformational, and Roomy.
*The above is adapted from All Saints Anglican Church and The Table in Springfield, MO.
Like other Christians around the world, we are committed to following the faith passed down to us by Jesus' first followers who believed He was God's Son sent to be the Savior of the world. We live out that faith guided primarily by the Scriptures, but also by the wisdom of the generations of Christians that came before us. What distinguishes Anglicans from many other Christians are the traditions and practices that we rely on to help form us into faithful followers of Jesus. The best way to get what it means to follow Jesus in the Anglican way? Come do life with us!
For a more detailed summary of our beliefs, check out the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) Theological Statement as well as the 39 articles of religion.
We welcome all Christians to worship with us. "Anglicanism" describes the form and heritage of our expression of faith, but the faith itself is "Mere Christianity" to use the phrase made famous by C.S. Lewis (himself an Anglican).
Any Christian who is baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; who comes repenting of their sins; and believing that Jesus Christ really feeds them in the sacrament, is most welcome to receive Communion at our Church.
Participation in Holy Communion assumes membership in some particular congregation within the body of Christ; if not here -- somewhere. Of course, if you are communing regularly with us, membership at Church of Our Savior is encouraged; if this becomes your home – we want you to join us!
Feel free to be comfortable. You do not have to look a certain way for us to welcome you into our Church Family. Some people dress up, some don't. If you would like to dress up feel free to.
We currently do not have a Nursery. We welcome all children into the life of the church and encourage their participation in the liturgy and worship of our Savior. There are coloring/activity sheets available for your children if desired. We are presently offering both a children's and adult/teen Sunday School class following the service. The adult/teen class is currently going through an Introduction to Anglicanism.
Derek grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas. He studied communications and religious studies at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar,Missouri. He transferred to Missouri State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in religious studies. Derek graduated from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri with an M.A in Counseling. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church. Derek’s spiritual journey led him to the Anglican tradition of Christianity. Derek met his first wife, Lisa, in college. She passed away in 2011. He remarried and his wife, Jamie, was also a widow and a friend from college. Derek and Jamie have four children and three grandchildren. They began attending All Saints Anglican Church in 2019.
Derek was ordained to the diaconate in 2021. He served as a deacon at All Saints. He is a transitional deacon who will be seeking ordination as a Priest. In 2022, Derek received the call to re plant a struggling church- Our Savior Anglican in Joplin Missouri. He loves to help people fall in love with the church and encounter depths of Scripture. He loves to help people discover their spiritual gifts. In his free time, Derek enjoys hanging out with his family, traveling, searching out antiques and listening to ever changing music playlists.
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