The Most Reverend Dr. Foley Beach was elected the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America on June 22, 2014. He is also the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South, headquartered in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. In June of 2018, he was elected by Archbishops from around the world to Chair the Primates Council of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), a renewal movement within the Anglican Communion.
Archbishop Beach is a graduate of Georgia State University, the University of the South, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He began his ministry by serving teenagers through Young Life. Prior to serving as archbishop and bishop, he planted and led Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia. Archbishop Beach can be heard on radio stations in the U.S. and around the world via his teaching ministry, A Word from the Lord, and his One-Minute Message, an evangelism outreach to the unchurched.
He and his wife, Allison, are life-long Georgians and have two adult children.
The Most Rev. Dr. Ray R. Sutton serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) and the Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Mid America. He is also the Dean of the Province and Ecumenical Affairs of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), of which the Reformed Episcopal Church is a founding member and special jurisdiction.
Bishop Sutton received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and his Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. From 1976 to 1991, he served as a Parish Priest. Following this, he pursued doctoral studies in Sacramental theology in an associated research program at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University with Coventry University, from which he received his Ph.D.
In 1999 he was consecrated as a Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Mid America. He served as a Bishop Suffragan, assisting the Most Rev. Royal U. Grote. Later he was elected Bishop co-adjutor until he became the Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese 2016, upon Bishop Grote’s passing. In 2017 he was elected the Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal church.
Bishop Sutton is married to Susan Jean Schaerdel of Dallas. The Suttons have seven children and seven grandchildren. The Suttons live in Dallas where Bishop Sutton’s residential offices are at the Cathedral of the Church of the Holy Communion, the Diocesan See of the Diocese of Mid America.
The Rt. Rev. Keith Ackerman, SSC, D.D. is the Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Marymount College in Salina, KS in 1971. He went on to receive a M.Div. from Nashotah House Seminary, Wisconsin, in 1974 and a D.D. from the same institution in 1994. He was Ordained to the Diaconate in 1974 at Nashotah House Seminary, and to the Priesthood later the same year.
In 1989, then Father Ackerman was called to be Rector of St. Mark’s Church in Arlington, Texas in the Diocese of Forth Worth. On January 8, 1994, Bishop Ackerman was elected Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy (IL) and was consecrated as a Bishop on June, 24, 1994 at St. Paul’s Cathedral. He retired as Diocesan Bishop in 2009. Since 2012 he has assisted the Bishop of Fort Worth as a Bishop in Residence and Vicar of St. Timothy Church Anglican Church, in Ft. Worth, TX. In September 2021, Bishop Ackerman was made the Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, by the Diocesan Bishop, Ryan Reed.
Bishop Ackerman was previously the President of Forward in Faith North America (FINFA), a conservative Anglo-Catholic movement operating in a number of provinces of the Anglican Communion. Forward in Faith is known for its support of traditional theology and values. Bishop Ackerman remains active with FINFA and he was also previously the Superior-General of the American branch of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, until leaving the Episcopal Church, USA.
He married Joann Bevacqua. They have three children: Keith, Renée and Lynne and they have four grandchildren.
Author and Speaker Beth Moore is a dynamic teacher whose conferences take her across the globe. She is a dedicated wife, and mother of two adult daughters and three delightful grandchildren. Beth lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries. Beth and her husband Keith are members of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church in Spring, TX. She has written numerous bestselling books and Bible studies, and recently celebrated over 20 years of Living Proof Live conferences. She can be seen teaching Bible studies on the television program Living Proof with Beth Moore, aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
The Reverend Canon Wesley (“Wes”) Jagoe is priest in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). He currently serves as the Chaplain and Canon to Archbishop Foley Beach. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a minor in Naval Science and Leadership from the University of South Florida. Canon Jagoe went on to receive his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity School for Ministry. Prior to his role as Chaplain, he was the Canon for Worship at Saint Peter’s Anglican Cathedral in Tallahassee, Florida.
During his younger years, Canon Wes started out his Liturgical ministry as a Verger at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, Fl. Due to his fondness for the Verger ministry, Canon Wes is the Chaplain of the Vergers Guild of the Anglican Church in North America and advises the Guild on Spiritual matters as well as Liturgical matters. Canon Wes is considered an expert in matters of Anglican Liturgy and more specifically, the role of the Verger in Anglican Liturgical celebrations. Further, Canon Wes is a Major in the Unites States Marine Corps Reserve and has served in the Marine Corps both active and reserve duty since 2007.