MESSAGE FROM OUR BISHOP FOR MARCH 2016

PASTOR_and_FAMILY

1 March, 2016

Lent

I am particularly delighted to apprize you of a number of exciting things going on in our Diocese and outside of our Diocese.

 

The Archdeacon of the Cathedral Church, El Paso, TX.

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the Archdeacon of the Cathedral Church of St. Francis in El Paso, Texas, the Venerable Layne Hanson. Layne+ is a fine evangelical brother and Pastor. He is deeply committed to Christ as his Lord and Savior and to Bible exposition in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Venerable Layne C. Hansen is originally from rural northeast Nebraska. Hewas raised in a church-going family and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 12. From childhood, he sensed the Lord’s call to ordained ministry. He attended the University of Nebraska where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature in 1987. A senior year abroad at the University of Lancaster, England, introduced Fr. Layne to Anglicanism. While in Lancaster, he found a spiritual home in an evangelical, spirit-filled Anglican church with an historic, life-giving. After graduating from the University of Nebraska, Fr. Layne returned to England to attend Trinity Theological College, Bristol. He graduated with a Diploma in Theological Studies in 1988.

While discerning a call to Anglican holy orders, Venerable Layne worked with various Christian ministries in Washington, D.C. and South Africa and as a second grade teacher at Washington International School. In 2000, Fr. Layne began seminary at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. While in seminary, he completed thediscernment process in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, doing fieldwork at Church of the Ascension under the Rev. Dr. J. Douglas McGlynn. Following graduation from Trinity in May of 2003, Fr. Layne was ordained to the transitional diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh on June 14, 2003, by the Rt. Rev. Robert Duncan. Six months later, on December 14, 2003, he was ordained to the priesthood during his curacy at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase, MD, by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton. For the last ten years, Fr. Layne has been assistant rector at Christ Church Anglican (Savannah, GA), with special responsibility for parish-wide Christian Faith Formation. In addition, he oversaw Global/Local Missions, Men’s ministry and developed the church’sCommunity Group ministry. Fr. Layne is helping launch a new Anglican ministry to college and university students, Anglican Campus Fellowship.

Venerable Layne is married to Tamara, a native of Cleveland, OH. They were married at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase, MD, in November of 1999. Theywelcomed their first son, Corwyn Grey, in December of 2002. As foster-to-adopt parents, they were blessed to adopt their second son, Peter Henry, in November of 2012. Peter came to the family two days after his birth in October of 2010. Tamara received a Master of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University. She worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Georgetown University Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Tamara is currently at home, raising their sons. As a family, the Hansens enjoy gardening, cooking, various sports, reading, and walkingwith their loyal and loving lab/hound mix, Campbell.

Please join me in welcoming him and his family to the Diocese of CANA West and to the Cathedral Church of St. Francis, El Paso, TX.

The Office of Pastoral Care.

The Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese, Venerable Dr. Myles Calvin, at my request, has established the Diocesan Office of Pastoral Care. This mostly aimed at assisting Clergy and Catechists/Lay Pastors in our churches. Dr. Myles Calvin writes:

The Diocese would like to make you aware of a new resource: The Office of Pastoral Care.
A significant part of what clergy do is pastoral counseling for members of their flock and for other individuals and families that seek them out due to a personal crisis. For some clergy, the ability to counsel comes naturally and for others it is a struggle because of their own gifts and nature but all clergy may find themselves stuck due to a lack of training in the area of pastoral counseling or in over their head with someone who has mental health issues. Some mental health issues are very obvious and others like personality disorders may manifest themselves in difficulties that you cannot quite put your finger on but significantly impact the counseling process and your pastoral relationship.

As part of this diocesan office, we have clergy who are also licensed mental health professionals and are available for you to contact when you would like guidance about how to proceed with a difficult case or when you suspect underlying mental health issues. As you know, it is important for clergy not to overstep the bounds of their professional competence and in doing so inadvertently contribute to the harm of someone who sought their help and guidance. The spiritual component is huge and so ideally we want to work along side other professionals that God has gifted to provide care to someone who is suffering and in need of help (e.g a person with Schizophrenia).

This office also has attorneys who are available to provide legal guidance to you if you find yourself in a situation where you are not sure about legal requirements or boundaries.
Another function of the Office of Pastoral Care, is also to provide someone confidential that you as clergy can speak to if you are in need of pastoral care due to a situation you find yourself in. The idea is that you may be burned out and need counsel, you may have a family issue, or a temptation that you struggle with and need to address before it causes damage.
This resource is provided to you out of concern to assist you and those we serve. It is possible thanks to the very generous volunteer support of the clinicians and legal experts listed below.

Coordinator:

The Ven. Dr. Myles A. Calvin, BCCC: Dr. Calvin is the Executive Archdeacon for the Missionary Diocese of CANA West. He holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology, a Masters degree in Counseling (Licensure Track), Master of Religious Studies, Master of Divinity, and a Doctorate focused in Christian Counseling. Dr. Calvin is a member of the Society for Christian Psychology, the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the International Society of Christian Apologetics. He is also a Board Certified Christian Counselor through the International Board of Christian Care (American Association of Christian Counselors).
915-383-4422 / chaplainmcalvin@gmail.com

The Ven. Dr. Myles A. Calvin, FSAC
Executive Archdeacon (Canon to the Ordinary)
The Missionary Diocese of CANA West (Church of Nigeria)
Minister General - The Fraternity of St. Augustine of Canterbury

Clinicians:

The Ven. Dr. Ben Nworie: Dr. Nworie is a professor at full time at Biola University and holds a Ph.D. in Special Education, with emphasis in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. His second area of emphasis in his Ph.D. studies is Clinical Psychology. Professor Nworie is licensed through the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Supervisor of other Counselors and Counselor interns. His broad counseling experiences were gained in hospital, school and several clinical settings, and for seven years, he served as Director of Shiloh Counseling Services, Mesquite, TX. During that period, Dr. Nworie was also in charge of Counseling Ministry at the Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas, and maintained membership in the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Counseling Association, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Dr. Nworie also hold a Master of Science degree in Counseling, a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology, and a Master of Divinity. He is the Regional Archdeacon for California and Arizona, in the Diocese of CANA West (Church of Nigeria). He currently serves as Chairman of the Theological Commission of the Missionary Diocese of CANA West and a rector. (323) 920-7113 or benworie@gmail.com.

The Rev. Dr. Katherine Meurer Martin, OSB: Dr. Martin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Therapist) and ( retired) clergy. She holds a BA in both Psychology and Sociology from the Univ of NY-Albany, an MSW from Washington Univ. in St. Louis MO. and both a L.Th and D.Min. Having Practiced with families, in significant chaos, she has served as Therapist, Case Manager, Executive Director and an Expert Witness. She was the Founding Abbess of the Anglican Communion Benedictines. She currently serves, at the pleasure of our Bishop Orji, as the Pastoral Counselor to Clergy Families and Churches. Kate teaches our Keeping God's Children Safe class. She is a Prayer Warrior/Intercessor, Retreat Leader, serves on two ad hoc Committees of the ACNA Catechesis Committee and provides workshops on taking the Rule of St. Benedict beyond the Monastery Walls as it applies to individuals, couples, families and multi-generational family faithfulness.
(334)332-PRAY(7729) / ammakate@yahoo.com

Legal Support:

Clark Harmonson, Esq:
Clark Harmonson graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997. After that time, he worked in private industry for three years before going to law school. Clark graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2003 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. His major accomplishments in law school include:
- Graduated summa cum laude and 2nd in class
- Voted outstanding male graduate by the Student Bar Association
- Member of the South Texas Law Review and many moot court competition teams
- Garland Walker and Liz Parham Matthews scholarship recipient
Mr. Harmonson has extensive litigation and other legal experience.
(915) 329-2892 (c) / clark@clarkharmonsonattorney.com

Godson Onyediri, Esq: Godson Onyediri graduated from Texas Southern University in 2000 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. He has been admitted to practice law in the US Supreme Court, Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court, and Minnesota - Supreme Court.
Phone: 713 478-7939 / Email: gconyediri@yahoo.com

I am grateful to Venerable Dr. Calvin and the clinicians and legal support who will guide this ministry. May the Lord bless you and your work to our use and for his glory.

An Appeal to support "Love for the Least" Ministry.
Many of you remember Father Jerry and Stacy Kramer, who spoke at our last synod, where he spoke of his work in Islamic areas. We were blessed by the accounts of his work and anointing for the Kingdom under some of the most adverse conditions possible. He and Stacy literally risk life and limb daily for the sake of the Gospel in very dangerous places.

 We just learned his ministry is suffering for funding. That’s why we’re writing you.

 I’m asking us all to prayerfully consider taking a special offering to support his ministry. You can send those offerings directly to:

Missionary Support Support Services
Attn: Love for the Least
Dept A, P.O. Box 30428
Charlotte, NC 28230-0428
www.lovefortheleast.org

God bless you all for any help you can provide to these brave warriors-in-Christ as they minister to those suffering under the iron hand of Islam.

New Wineskins for Global Mission

RIDGECREST CONFERENCE CENTER
Asheville, North Carolina

Speakers and Anglican leaders from around the world and missionaries from many agencies are coming to New Wineskins 2016 to inspire and equip clergy, lay leaders, youth ministers, mission mobilizers, potential missionaries, and entire congregations to fulfill our Lord's Great Commission to make disciples of all nations.

For all of the details and to register, please go to: http://www.newwineskins.org/

Warm Regards,

The Rt. Rev'd Dr. Felix Orji, OSB
Bishop | Missionary Diocese of CANA West
Anglican Cathedral Church of St. Francis
470 Eagle Drive
El Paso, Texas, 79912
915-204-7509
www.dioceseofthewest.org
www.stfrancisanglicanchurch.org

"Repentance means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into." ~ CSLewis |MereChristianity