We are an orthodox, Biblically-centered Anglican congregation in Ridgecrest, California. We are a parish in the Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin, which is part of the Anglican Church in North America.
Christ the King Anglican Church started as St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. In 2008, over 90% of the congregation voted to leave the Episcopal Church and become one of the founding parishes of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In 2013, after deciding not to continue defending ourselves from lawsuits by the Episcopal Church, we voted to leave our property and start Christ the King Anglican Church.
The Anglican Church is a reformed catholic church. We worship the triune God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We follow the true Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who is revealed to us in the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures. Finally, we believe in the Gospel, or the Good News of Jesus Christ, and are called to carry forward and proclaim this Gospel in the world, calling people to be transformed into the image and likeness of God.
We are considered reformed catholic for two reasons. First, while we are definitely a Protestant Church, we believe that we are part of a communion that is part of the larger Church, the Body of Christ. This is the true definition of the word catholic – universal. Second, while we are definitely a Protestant Church theologically, we kept certain elements of worship and theology from the Catholic Church that did not need reforming. This includes worship that is centered around Holy Eucharist, the three-fold order of ordained clergy (Bishops, Priests, and Deacons), and a rich understanding of our place in the entire history of the church.
Our worship would be largely considered traditional. We do this to be consistent with our belief that the Church exists to change the world, and not the other way around. The Anglican style of worship, found in the Book of Common Prayer, is firmly rooted in Holy Scripture and reflects our roots in the larger, historic church.