Leadership

The Right Reverend Dr. Jon (Jack) I. Lumanog
Bishop

Email: bishoplumanog@theanglican.church

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I. (Jack) Lumanog is passionate about proclaiming the life changing message of Jesus Christ around the world.

On 27 April 2019, Dr. Jack Lumanog was consecrated and ordained as a Bishop in the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches by Archbishop Darel Chase, Bishop John Johnston and Bishop Norman Williams. Bishop Lumanog now leads The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola.

From 2005-2008, Dr. Jack Lumanog was an instrumental leader gathering churches that would come together and sign the Constitution and Canons for what would later become the Anglican Church in North America.

Then from 2011-2018, Dr. Jack Lumanog served the ACNA faithfully in two full time roles simultaneously as both Canon to the Archbishop as well as the Chief Operating Officer.  As Canon to the Archbishop, Lumanog assisted the Archbishop chiefly in carrying out the mission of the Province, both domestically and with international Anglican mission partners.  And as Chief Operating Officer, he provided oversight for the overall function, development and administration of a denomination that consists of over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  He also served as the Corporate Secretary and a National Trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund-US (the world missions arm of the Anglican Church in North America) and a member of the ARDF Global Council. Notable achievements included executing annual College of Bishops, Executive Committee and Provincial Council meetings, Assembly 2012, Assembly 2014, led the investiture of Foley Beach at Church of the Apostles in 2014, Assembly 2017, establishing a self funded health insurance plan for ACNA clergy and lay employees and consolidating and modernizing a best in class pension plan and overseeing $35 million in assets as Chairman of the ACNA Retirement Plan. Dr. Lumanog also led the ACNA delegation of 400 people from North America to GAFCON Jerusalem 2018 and had oversight for the first ACNA Provincial Council meeting to take place outside of North America.

In 2015, Bishop Lumanog was one of 31 nominees under consideration to be the 7th Secretary General of the worldwide Anglican Communion (the post is currently held by the Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon). Bishop Lumanog was nominated by two Primates of the worldwide Anglican Communion for the position of Secretary General: The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis (then Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East and currently Archbishop of Alexandria) and The Most Rev. Stephen Than Myint Oo (Archbishop of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon).

Bishop Jack Lumanog was born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey and a first generation American with parents from the Philippines.  At 19, he was the youngest ever in the Assemblies of God to receive ministerial credentials.  After a journey back to the historic Christian church, he was ordained a Deacon in 2000 and as a Priest in 2002.  He was received as a Priest and then collated as Archdeacon and Canon into La Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda (Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda) by Bishop Thad Barnum and assisted by Bishop Frank Lyons (Anglican Diocese of Bolivia, Southern Cone) on January 19, 2007.

From 2005-2011, Dr. Lumanog served as Church Planter and the first Rector (Senior Pastor) of Christ the King Anglican Church in Lansing, Michigan and as the Clergy Formation Advisor supervising candidates for ordination in the Heart of North America Midwest Region of the Anglican Mission in the Americas.

Bishop Lumanog is a 1996 graduate of Cornell College and serves his alma mater as President-Elect of the Cornell College Alumni Association Board of Directors and the first person of color named to this position since the association’s establishment in 1873. He also holds the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Bishop Lumanog also is an Associate Alumnus of Nashotah House Theological Seminary and is the 2016 recipient of the Meritorious Service to the Church Award from Reformed Episcopal Seminary.

Dr. Lumanog is also an accomplished classical musician and contemporary worship leader. He is a member of the renowned semi-professional St. Philip’s Cathedral Choir – an auditioned group of musicians which sings for Sunday worship services and for various special liturgies throughout the liturgical year. The Cathedral Choir typically presents a major sacred choral work with orchestra each season.

Dr. Lumanog is also a lifelong martial artist and holds the rank of 4th degree master black belt in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan, conferred to him by the legendary Chief Grandmaster Tong Mun Kim.  He is also a competitive martial arts athlete where he holds 3 worldwide top 5 titles in the North American Sport Karate Association.

(current as of 2 March 2021)

The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina
Interim Archdeacon and Director of Missions
Email: anglicanmessiah2018@gmail.com

The Venerable Dr. Gideon A. Uzomechina whose love for the Lord Jesus Christ and his mission to the world has no boundaries. He was ordained in 2002 as a Priest of the Anglican Communion (Anglo-Catholic Tradition) following his seminary training. Passionate in his pastoral responsibilities and actively engaged in his community, Gideon brings a message of Christ’s love to his congregation and beyond the church doors with an emphasis to the needy and unreached. Father Gideon is a gifted and engaging preacher and teacher of the Word of God and the Sacraments of the Church. His ministry has been enriched by being able to study the life, times, and ministry of Jesus Christ in the land of Palestine in ecumenical and interfaith settings at St. George’s College and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel in 2008. His studies in Israel also included research in biblical studies to places such as Qumran, Sinai, Sodom, Egypt, Jordan, Damascus, Golan Heights and Istanbul, Turkey. 

Following a tumultuous and trying period of his life, God led Father Gideon alongside his closest acquaintances, Colin Baptiste and Harry Watson Jr. out of The Episcopal Church into the formation and planting of a new mission and ministry called Anglican Church of the Messiah, Plainfield, New Jersey in 2018 where he is the Archdeacon and Vicar.

Father Gideon is a Fellow of Christian Theologians and Philosophers of Africa (FCTP), Africa Theological Education Network, and he holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Theology and African Spirituality, Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Education in Guidance and Counseling, a Diploma in Religious Studies, and a Diploma in Theology from the University of Jos and Bishop Crowther College of Theology, Nigeria. He also completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Father Gideon is a certified Police and Department of Corrections Chaplain. He is also a Behavioral and Mental Health Counselor and a trained conflict resolution and management specialist.

Father Gideon received an Ambassador for Peace Award by the Universal Peace Federation,  USA for his mentoring work with at-risk young men in his community reuniting them with their families and re-integrating them into society. Although Father Gideon spends numerous hours with pastoral work, his high energy level allows him to pursue his hobbies which include Gospel music, reading and researching, as well as socializing with family and friends.

(Current as of 15 November 2020)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)

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