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The Rt. Rev Craig Bettendorf
Long Beach, CA
Founding Bishop
Evangelical Anglican Church in America
“I pray that none will be offended if I seek to make of the Christian Religion an Inn where all are received joyously, rather than a place where a few close friends of the family are received.” Richard Hooker
These words of Richard Hooker inspired Craig Bettendorf as he studied for ministry within the Anglican tradition. This message of creating a place of inclusivity and mutuality has been a hallmark endeavor throughout his faith journey and ministry. The study of Liberation theology as expressed by Gustavo Gutierrez and exemplified by the life of fallen Archbishop Oscar Romero gave Bettendorf great faith and spiritual determination. The following statement of events briefly depicts the journey that lead to the writing of A Biblical Defense Guide for Gays, Lesbians and those who love them.

September 27, 1959, Baptized, Gesu Roman Catholic Church, Milwaukee, WI.
April 15, 1973, Confirmed, Apostles Lutheran Church, Franklin Park, IL.
December 6, 1992, Ordained Deacon, St. Jude Church, Philippine Independent Church (Anglican Catholic Church of the Philippines), Huntington Beach, CA +Juan Baladad, Missionary Bishop.
May 2, 1993, Ordained Priest, St. Jude Church, Philippine Independent Church (Anglican Catholic Church of the Philippines), Huntington Beach, CA +Macario V. Ga, Supreme Bishop.
December 1992-June 1994, served as assistant Rector and Rector within two parishes serving the Filipino community in Los Angeles, CA.
June 1994-August 1997, served as Rector of All Saints Anglican Church, Los Angeles, CA.
June 1994, Established the Anglican Institute of Affirmative Christian Studies in Redondo Beach, CA.
December 4, 1994, Elected and consecrated to the office of Bishop, Evangelical Anglican Church in America, All Saints Parish, Los Angeles, CA, +G. Stephen Trivoli-Johnson.
September 3, 1996, Denounced the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signing the National Freedom to Marry Resolution, All Souls Church, New York City, NY.
April 23, 1999, Presented to the students and faculty of The Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.
May 27, 2001, Installed as Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church in America, Cathedral of St. Jerome, Tulsa, OK. +G. Stephen Trivioli-Johnson.
October 17, 2002, Facilitated a Concordat agreement between the Evangelical Anglican Church in America and the Open Episcopal Church of Great Britain and Ireland, bringing both churches into full Inter-communion.
August 27, 2004, Consecrated Carmen Valenzuela and Rusty Smith for the Office of Bishop for the Evangelical Anglican Church in America, Cathedral of Jesus of Nazareth, Tampa, FL. Announcing his own retirement.
Oftentimes cultural prohibitions thrive unchecked by the general populace eventually entering the world of “known understanding”. “It is this way because it has always been this way”, becomes the reflexive response to change for the dominant culture. This was certainly the case while institutional approval of human slavery existed. It was also the case when Women sought to exert their independence grasping for equality in a male-dominated world. Throughout the past three decades, members of the Gay and Lesbian community have sought freedom from hate as well as religious and societal tolerance gaining some small degree of success. A Biblical Defense Guide was researched and ultimately authored to be used as a tool for mutual understanding. Those who seek a clear understanding of the societal prohibition and oppression of cultural minorities will be well served in seeking answers outside of the known cultural understanding of “It is this way because it has always been this way”. A Biblical Defense Guide will offer interesting insights to all those who seek to understand the historical, cultural, and societal prohibitions that are at work in the world today.
The Rt. Rev. Craig B Chapman
Lives in Costa Mesa, CA
The Church is in Ventura, CA
Rector / Bishop – EACA
All Saints Parish
805-794-6196
Born and raised in Trenton, MI. I belonged to the Episcopal Church and grew up in its Grace and Truth. I began processing a call to ministry in High School, but parked this call for secular education and worldly career ideals. I was married and am blessed by two beautiful, now fully grown, children. I attended and Graduated from The University of Michigan, BGS and Psychology/Religion. Calls don’t really go away, they must be dealt with. Sent to seminary by my Episcopal Bishop, Graduated M.Div 1987 and ordained Deacon and Priest in Episcopal Church, USA. In the continuing struggle to come to terms with my sexuality, I was divorced and left The Episcopal Church in order to life my life more honestly and with personal integrity. Incardinated into the EACA, 1997 and began the mission parish, All Saints, Ventura, CA. I am blessed to again be married, this time to an amazing man who completes me and surrounds me with the love I crave everyday. In February 2017, I was honored to be called as a bishop to serve the people and congregations of EACA, and to serve with my fellow bishops. My husband and I live in Costa Mesa, CA with our dog, Paris.
The Rt. Rev. Kevin Champion
Shelby, NC
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Anglican Church in America
A native of Oxford, North Carolina, Kevin is a Board certified Chaplain at a mental health hospital in Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of Louisburg College, Moody Bible Institute, and holds both a Master of Religious Education and a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Seminary. He was ordained Deacon and Priest in the EACA in 2002 and consecrated Bishop in 2017.  Since 2005 he has likewise served as Director of Formation and Studies in the EACA.  Kevin shares his home with his three canine children (Haleigh, Shadow, and Merry) who have him well trained. He also admits to feeding numerous cats that come and go from around his house.
The Rt. Rev. Rusty Smith
San Francisco, CA
Presiding Bishop Emeritus
The Evangelical Anglican Church in America
Rt. Rev. Rusty Smith completed studies in Theology, Philosophy and Business at Loyola University and Norte Dame Seminary with additional studies in Liberation Theology at the Mexican American Cultural Center.   Bishop Smith was a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
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