Welcome to the Anglican Diocese in New England! The ADNE is a united Anglican movement in New England that seeks to demonstrate God’s transforming power through Word, Sacrament, and Spirit in order to draw people into a personal relationship with God in Jesus Christ and help them become members of the Body of Christ, His Church.
We are committed to a 3-streams expression of the Christian Church: having an evangelical faith, charismatic gifting, and catholic order. We are a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America and in partnership with the worldwide Anglican Communion. We seek to:
- grow in the love of God and the power of the Spirit through the faith passed down to us.
- plant new and vibrant churches in New England that will effectively and powerfully make disciples of Jesus Christ.
- strengthen the unity of Anglican churches in our region, our province, and the Global Anglican Communion.
- work with other believers, in various denominations and ministries, to advance God’s Kingdom in the United States and to the ends of the earth.
Our heart is that all in New England might come to know Jesus Christ and be committed to His words: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.”
About our Bishop
The Rt. Rev. William Murdoch (“Bishop Bill”) was appointed Bishop of the Anglican Diocese in New England in 2009, after serving as rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in West Newbury, MA since 1993. He was consecrated bishop in 2007 at All Saints’ Cathedral in Nairobi, Kenya as suffragan bishop until the formation of the ADNE. His vision for the diocese encompasses first, the great commandment to “ love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30), and second, the great commission to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 28:19)
Under his leadership at All Saints Episcopal Church in West Newbury, the parish saw extraordinary growth in attendance, giving, and discipleship. He led the congregation’s membership from The Episcopal Church to the Anglican Church in North America in 2007, and in 2009 he became Bishop for the Anglican Diocese in New England. In 2012 he resigned as rector from All Saints’ Anglican Church to focus on his increasingly demanding role as bishop.
Bishop Bill has led regional Alpha Holy Spirit Weekends of more than 200 Catholics, Episcopalians, and people from various Christian Churches. His leadership and passion motivates training clergy and lay leaders in the Alpha program and other ministries that foster the renewal of faith in the local church. He has served as an adjunct professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has seen many from around the diocese ordained and others currently in the ordination process. In addition, he continues to actively develop resources for parish churches, including the annual Clergy Day, which ministers to the diocese’s Anglican leadership. Bishop Bill has served in short-term missions in India; teaching and preaching visitations to Madras, Bangalore, and Calcutta; SOMA team trips to Uganda; and development for adult and youth mission groups.
Bishop Bill holds a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has read for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Massachusetts and was ordained to the priesthood in May 1986.
To balance an incredibly active schedule, Bishop Bill retreats with his wife Sally to their cottage in Maine. There he enjoys fishing, reading, and the company of their adult children: Peter, Ryan, and Megan.
The Council of Canons
The Rev. Canon Justin Howard, Canon for Church Planting
The Rev. Justin Howard is Rector of Imago Dei Anglican Church in Bangor, ME. He and his wife, Amy Howard, serve the Bangor community and run their Encounter Weekend programs, where they offer teaching, prayer for emotional and physical healing, and an encounter with the Holy Spirit. Having earned his BA in Religion and Ministry at Houghton College, Justin went on to study at Asbury and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminaries and is now finishing up at Trinity School for Ministry. Longing for a place where the Scriptural, Sacramental, and Spirit-filled facets of his faith experience could converge and find full expression, Justin found his home in the Anglican way as an ordained Priest. Justin and Amy have six amazingly energetic boys: Josiah, Simeon, Judah, Elijah, Aidan and Noel who fill their lives with wild joy.
The Rev. Canon Ross Kimball, Canon Missioner
The Rev. Canon Ross Kimball is a bi-vocational priest who serves in many capacities for the Diocese while working in law full-time at a Boston firm. Fr. Ross was ordained to the priesthood in 2008, answering a call that began during his time in law school. He has served as the diocesan chancellor since the diocese’s creation and, consequently, as member of the diocesan Standing Committee. Immediately after ordination, he was permanent supply priest to what began as the Upper Valley Anglican Mission (later Grace Anglican Church in Newport, NH), and then served in a similar capacity at St. Michael’s in Rochester, NH. In June 2013, Fr. Ross was appointed assistant interim Rector at All Saints Anglican Church, Amesbury, until the new pastor’s arrival, and he continues to assist the All Saints clergy while serving as Canon Pastor for Bishop Bill.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Susan Skillen, Canon for Spiritual Direction
The Rev. Canon Susan Skillen received her D.Min and M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, did further training at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, UK, and trained as a spiritual director at the Shalem Institute in Maryland. She lived for seven years in Orvieto, Italy, and was founding priest-in-charge of the Church of the Resurrection, the Anglican-Episcopal Church in Orvieto. She currently leads spiritual retreats in the US and Italy, as well as developing the spiritual formation programs in the diocese and training new directors for work in the local church.
The Rev. Canon Alex Cameron, Canon for Leadership Development
The Rev. Canon Alex Cameron is a bi-vocational priest working in software development while engaged in diocesan ministry and elsewhere. Originally from Canada, where he pastored at three Anglican churches in Montreal, he moved to Vermont for an IT job in 2001. While there he planted St. Timothy Anglican Mission in Burlington. Alex has also been part of the church’s healing ministry as President of the Isaiah 40 Foundation, an inner healing ministry based in Montreal, Canada. Alex has an MDiv from Wycliffe College in Toronto and a BA in French Language and Literature from Dalhousie in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is married to Tamara and they have four children and one grandson.
We are so thankful for the men and women God has called to serve in the Anglican Diocese in New England!
The Rev. Kelly Madden, Director of Boston Fellows
The Rev. Canon Dr. Susan Skillen, Director of Holy Conversations, Spiritual Direction
The Rev. Len Cowan, Diocesan Intercessor
Francis Capitanio, Communications Director & Assistant to the Bishop
Elizabeth Havens, Administrative Assistant
Diocesan Standing Committee
The Rt. Rev. William Murdoch, President
Ms. Gail Gardner, Treasurer
Mr. Bob Craig, Chair
The Rev. Canon Alex Cameron
The Rev. Cinnamon Blomquist
The Rev. Dorcas Albrecht
The Rev. Piper Runnion-Bareford
Mr. Jim Leach
Mr. Andy Visser
Mr. Bill Harper