Fr. Gipson, once Rector of largest TEC parish, goes to Rome via Ordinariate
Gipson was rector of St. Martin’s, Houston, the largest Episcopal parish with a reported 8,000 members. He also served twelve years as Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL.
Along with his service to influential congregations, Gipson tried to build solid theological formation in TEC. By email, Fr. Munday noted that Nashotah House gave Gipson an honorary doctorate and that “(Fr. Gipson) was very supportive of the efforts to renew the House in biblical orthodoxy.”
Gipson cited TEC’s disdain for theological clarity and consistency as his reason for leaving:
“The nature of authority in the Catholic Church is what attracted me to it,” Gipson said. “After I retired, I was concerned and had been for many years about the Episcopal Church’s authority structure… Anglicanism has always been hesitant to define doctrine because it has opposing factions. It has left doctrine blurry. People can believe almost mutually opposing beliefs.”
Ironically, TEC’s current losses stem from the effort of its liberal protestant faction to impose centralized, hierarchichal leadership and ideological uniformity on the denomination. TEC’s bureaucratic inner circle has driven whole congregations and even some dioceses out of the denomination, along with many of the denominations proven evangelists and congregational leaders.
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