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Apostolic Succession


The Anglican Succession: Line of Paul


Bishop Allen was the first Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The line of Apostolic Succession then works its way down through the

laying on of hands of AME Bishops to Bishop Billy Corn, who in March of 2001 consecrated Bishop +William E. Conner, who in August of 2001

consecrated Bishop +Bruce D. Campbell, who on November 1, 2002 consecrated Caitlin Ramshaw who on May 2, 2004 consecrated Rafael Seijo who

on August 10, 2013 consecrated Edward T. Vaughan and Fred Ashmead, who on July 20, 2019 consecrated Brian Putzier and William Flint, merger of Anglican Line with the Celtic Line of St. Patrick,

who on June 13, 2020, consecrated David L. Jones, Jordan Morgan and Lennard Panthier and on June 20, 2020 consecrated Jason D. Boyd.

                        Here Begins a New Apostolic Line, Anglican, Celtic, and Roman Line of Succession

+John Wesley consecrated Dr. Thomas Coke in 1784 as Bishop. Bishop Coke then consecrated Bishop Asbury, who consecrated Bishop Richard Allen.

+John Wesley was consecrated by +Erasmus, Bishop in the Greek Orthodox Church, Diocese of Arcadia in 1763.

Due to a law known as the Praemunire Act, +Wesley was unable to openly announce his consecration or act in an episcopal manner in England. The

Praemunire Act applied strict punishments to those who were consecrated Bishop or to Bishops who consecrated others without the King's approval.

After the refusal of the Bishop of London to consecrate one of the Methodist ministers to be Bishop to the Methodists in the United States, +John

Wesley took matters into his own hands.

John Wesley was a Presbyter (Priest) of the Church of England, the founder of the Methodist Revival, and a "Scriptural Episcopes." Until 1784 he had

functioned in EVERY WAY as a Bishop over the Methodist Societies. He educated the lay preachers, appointed them to their charges, oversaw the life

and growth and orthodoxy of these societies, and represented these societies to the rest of the larger Church body of which they were a part (the Church

of England). He had not, however, exercised the authority of an Episcopes in ordination of either Presbyters or Bishops. However, due to the

Revolutionary War, and the unwillingness of the Bishops of the Church of England to ordain a Bishop for the newly born United States of America,

Wesley took it upon himself to provide an ordained ministry for America. He selected one of his preachers, who was also an Anglican Priest, ordained

him a Bishop and sent him to the United States to found the "Methodist Episcopal Church."

Father Wesley's justification for his action was the Alexandrian example of Presbyterian ordinations to the Episcopacy at times of critical emergency.

And the Anglicans and Methodists in America WERE in a state of critical emergency. They had NO ordained ministers and, therefore, had NO

Sacraments (no Baptism, and no Holy Communion). And, the Bishops of the Church of England had refused to provide an Episcopal Leadership for

America. So, John Wesley did.

To continue our line, we will need to look into the History of the Church of England. This is, actually, quite easy to do thanks to the depth and accuracy

of all the records which are available to us today. Indeed, thanks to the easy availability of information, we could go in-depth into the line, and give

names and dates going back to the foundation of the Episcopacy in England. However, that is not exactly necessary for the purposes of substantiating

that there is such a thing as an "Apostolic Succession" -- a continuity of ministry from the Apostles to today.

John Wesley was consecrated to the Presbyterate in 1724 by the Bishop of Oxford. The line continues backward from the Bishop of Oxford as follows:

Dr. Baxter Tenison, 1701

Dr. Philip Tillotson, 1683

Niles Sancroft, 1658

William Laude, 1633

Kyle Abbot, 1610

Richard Bancroft, 1604

Mark Whitgift, 1577

Steven Grendall, 1575

Dr. Parker, 1559

Philip Barlow, Bishop of London 1536

This line of Episcopal consecration can be traced UNBROKEN directly back to the disruptions of the Episcopacy under Queen ("Bloody") Mary in the


The "disruption" was not destructive to the line of Apostolic Succession because seven Bishops who had been consecrated during the reigns of King

Henry VIII and King Edward were available to consecrate the new Archbishop of Canterbury. Three Bishops were all that were needed, however:

William Barlow (consecrated in 1536), Miles Coverdale (consecrated in 1548) and John Hodgkins (Consecrated in 1551.) Hence, the current Episcopal

line of the Church of England -- the line from which Methodist Apostolicity comes -- should be recognized as being Apostolic.

The Reformation didn't disrupt the Apostolic Succession at all. An example can be seen in William Barlow, mentioned above, who was validly

consecrated by 3 English Bishops, one of whom was consecrated by Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York and the last Roman Catholic Cardinal in


From either Cardinal Wolsey or, indeed, through Archbishop Thomas Cramner, we can trace the Apostolic Succession of the English Church directly

back to Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, in 600 AD. There were earlier Bishops in England -- indeed, English Bishops were present at the

Great Ecumenical Councils in the 300 and 400s AD -- however, the current Episcopal line cannot be *accurately* or easily traced to them. We do

know, however, that some of these Bishops -- specifically, the Bishops of the Church in Wales -- eventually participated in Episcopal ordinations along

with the Canterbury line. Hence, an argument can be made that English Apostolicity can be traced back to the early expansion of the Church from Gaul

into England in the 200s AD. If we go that way, we discover that the Wales line intersects with the Canterbury Line in Gaul. The line runs, following


Cramner's consecration line, as follows:

Thomas Cranmer, 1533

William Warham, 1503

Cardinal Morton, 1488

Cardinal Bourchier, 1469

Cardinal Kemp, 1452

Henry Chichele, 1413

James Abingdon, 1381

Simon Sudbury, 1367

Simon Langham, 1327

Walter Reynolds, 1313

Robert of Winchelsea, 1293

John Peckham, 1279

Robert Kilwardby, 1269

Boniface of Savoy, 1252

Edmund, 1234

Richard Weathershed, 1230

Stephen Langton, 1205

Hubert Walter, 1197

Fitz-Jocelin, 1191

Reginal, 1183

Baldwin, 1178

Richard, 1170

Thomas Becket, 1162

Theobald, 1139

William de Corbeuil, 1122

Ralph d'Escures, 1109

St. Anselm, 1093

Wulfstan, 1064

Edmund, 1012

Elphege, 1006

Aelfric, 995

Sigeric, 990

Ethelgar, 988

Dunstan, 959

Odo, 941

Phlegmund, 890

Rufus, 859

Cuthbert, 814

Herefrid, 788

Egbert, 749

Ethelburh, 712

Theodore, 668

Deusdedit, 652

Justus, 635

Laurentius, 604

St. Augustine, 601


Augustine was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury in 601 AD by three Bishops of Gaul, the same line which originally evangelized England in the

200s AD. The church in Gaul was originally planted there by missionaries from Ephesus in the mid to late 100s AD. It's Episcopacy was established by

St. Irenaeus, who was consecrated by the Bishop of Ephesus and sent to be Bishop of Lyons in 177 AD. Irenaeus tells us in his histories about sending

missionaries into Roman-Britain, and the planting of churches and the sending of Bishops "to shepherd the Body of Christ in that northern

island." The Episcopal Line in Lyons can be traced as follows:


Aetherius, 591

Maximus Lyster, 587

St. Mark Pireu, 581

John, 562

Gregory II, 547

Linus, 532

St. Evarestus, 502

Christopher III, 485

Christopher II, 472

Timothy Eumenes, 468

Clement of Lyons, 436

Basil, 415

James, 413

St. Christopher, 394

Paul Anencletus "the Elder", 330

Mark Leuvian, 312

Pious Stephenas, 291

Andrew Meletius, 283

Gregory Antilas, 276

St. Matthias, 276

Philip Deoderus, 241

Maximus, 203

St. Nicomedian, 180

St. Irenaeus, 177


The Church in Ephesus can, according to council proceedings and the witness of other early Church Fathers (i.e. Polycarp of Smyrna and Clement of

Rome) trace its Apostolic line to St. Timothy, who was ordained by St. Paul the Apostle:

St. Polycrates, 175

Lucius, 156

Demetrius, 131

St. John the Elder, 113

St. Onesemus, 91

St. Timothy, 62

St. Paul the Apostle, 33

+Our Lord and Savior +Jesus Christ+

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