ALI invests in and connects orthodox Anglican Leaders in early, middle or later stages of ministry in order to promote “gospel growth, humble collaboration, and life long leadership learning“. ALI trips and cohorts bring together Anglican leaders who are similar in their calling and ministry contexts for a time of spiritual growth, coaching, teaching, solitude, refreshment, worship, and peer to peer interaction in the beauty of God’s creation.
ALI believes that while growth happens in the valleys, perspective and clarity comes on the mountaintops. That is why ALI seeks to serve Anglican leaders who are willing to take time from the front lines of ministry to renew and recalibrate their leadership calling and ministry. ALI provides the space to gain greater clarity and perspective for self assessment and reflection while learning and growing through worship, solitude, fun, coaching and peer to peer interaction.
- Gospel Growth
- Humble Collaboration
- Life-Long Leadership Learning
among gifted, missional, and anointed Anglican Leaders. The goal is to invest in teachable Anglican leaders to help them get greater clarity on their calling, ministry, and gifts in order to promote healthy churches, provide an environment for humble collaboration, and strengthen Anglican gospel ministry.
When leaders learn how to abide in and surrender their call, gifts, and ministry to Jesus Christ, they bear much fruit. (John 15). The Lord has made it clear that the Anglican expression of the Church in North America needs to continue to expand through preaching the gospel, making disciples, building local congregations, church planting, and developing gospel leaders. ALI seeks to promote healthy gospel growth in the lives of Anglican leaders in order to promote healthy gospel growth in the Church.
ALI creates space for leaders to interact with other leaders representing different missional areas of North American Anglicanism. Participants are nominated because their Bishop or Rector believes they desire to see the Anglican expression of following Christ lived out in a way that keeps the Church missional in focus, charitable in action, and uncompromising in orthodoxy. Leaders are invited to engage with like-minded leaders, share best practices, and pray and worship together as they are challenged to grow in the midst of beauty, solitude, and recreation.
Recent research shows that two-thirds of leaders within the church do not sustain long-term leadership initiatives, but rather shrink back to a position of maintenance or survival. ALI seeks to provide informal and formal leadership resources, ministry resources and coaching to better equip leaders on the frontline of ministry to remain committed, encouraged, and enthusiastic about gospel ministry. ALI seeks to help leaders grow in spiritual authority and improve the quality, joy, satisfaction, and organizational capacity of their leadership.
In the summer of 2010, the Rev. David Drake and the Rev. Allen Hughes met in Colorado with the purpose of addressing the need for leadership development and repairing divisions between orthodox Anglicans. During a week in the Collegiate Mountains in Colorado, the vision and purpose of ALI were established – to promote “gospel growth, humble collaboration, and life-long leadership learning” among orthodox Anglican leaders.
The goal was to invite Anglican leaders off the front lines of ministry for an immersion experience that allowed for space to hear from the Lord on their gifting, calling, and leadership potential. The first ALI trip was launched in Colorado in 2011. Since then, ALI has established trips for bishops, senior leaders, rectors, assistant clergy, and clergy wives in Colorado, the British Virgin Islands, and the South Carolina Lowcountry.
In the summer of 2014, the leadership team expanded and an ALI Council consisting of leaders from the ACNA, ACiC, and AMiA met in Buena Vista, Colorado to establish structures to increase the capacity of ALI to serve more leaders. Archbishop Foley Beach, Bishop Philip Jones, Bishop Trevor Walters, the Rev. Mike McDonald and Bishop Matt Kessler joined the team to form the ALI Council.
ALI continues to do research and development on new initiatives and to develop program leaders to expand capacity. The ALI goal is to serve every Anglican bishop, rector, assistant, seminarian, worship director, and youth minister, pastor theologian and clergy spouse in North America.
The Rev. Dr. Allen Hughes – Allen has been serving as an ordained Anglican minister since 1996. He has devoted his time to church planting and raising up and coaching leaders. He and his wife Louise have four sons and live in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
The Rev. David Drake – David has been serving in full-time Christian ministry as a youth minister and pastor since 1992. He is ordained in the ACNA and currently serving Church of the Resurrection in Baltimore, MD. David and his wife Kristin have four daughters.
The Rev. Mike McDonald – Mike has been serving in full-time ministry since leaving engineering in 1999. He held several positions in youth ministry and helped with a church plant before attending seminary at Trinity in Pittsburgh. He is the Senior Pastor of Grace Anglican Church in Jacksonville, FL where he and his family have been since 2007. Mike and Heather have two teenage daughters.
Bishop Trevor Walters – Trevor serves in the field of Christian Mediation and Pastoral Counseling, specializing in the field of External Affirmation Syndrome (a precursor to Burnout). He is the author of two books. At his age, he is surprisingly still employed as a Bishop serving Western Canada, but age can be deceptive!
Bishop Matt Kessler – Matt has been an ordained Anglican minister since 1996. He is passionate about introducing people to Jesus through the Scripture, relational discipleship, and equipping leaders for mission. He and his wife Amanda have three children and live in San Antonio, TX.
The Rev. Ryan O’Dowd – Ryan is the rector of Bread of Life Anglican Church in Ithaca, NY where he also works part-time as a Senior Fellow at Chesterton House at Cornell University. He is the husband of one wife, Amy, father of four children, and the author of three books. Ryan is also in the Air Force Reserves with almost 24 years of service.
Molly Ruch – Molly is married to the Rev. Christian Ruch and they have been involved in the work of church planting in Minnesota. Molly divides her time between the raising of their four children and coaching and training church planters and their teams, all of which she greatly enjoys.
Louise Hughes – Louise is married to Allen Hughes. They have four sons and live in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Louise works with Allen in assessing potential church planters and their spouses. Louise enjoys prayer ministry, teaching, coaching, and writing to help women come into the fullness of their identity in the Lord and discover their specific calling to advance His Kingdom.
- Archbishop Foley Beach
- Bishop Philip Jones
- Bishop Trevor Walters, Chairman
- The Rev. Dr. Allen Hughes
- The Rev. David Drake
- The Rev. Mike McDonald
- Bishop Matt Kessler