Esteemed Theologian J.I. Packer to Keynote ADV Synod Council

19 September 2008 - Print Version

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FAIRFAX, Va. (September 18, 2008) – The Anglican District of Virginia (ADV) will celebrate its second annual Synod Council meeting that will be held on September 26 and 27.  The meeting, which will be held at Church of the Epiphany in Herndon, Va., will center on the theme of “Making Disciples” and will include a keynote address by Dr. J.I. Packer on the morning of Saturday, September 27.

“This is an exciting time in the life of the Anglican District of Virginia.  Not only are we enormously blessed to be able to come together to celebrate moving forward with the Gospel for Christ’s church, we also have the great honor of hosting one of the world’s most esteemed theologians - J.I. Packer,” said Jim Oakes, vice-chairman of ADV, an association of Anglican congregations in Virginia.

As the keynote speaker, Dr. Packer will address the Council and will participate in a question and answer session with those present on Saturday morning.  Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Packer served as general editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible, wrote the renowned book Knowing God, and was named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America by Time Magazine.

At the Council meeting, CANA Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns will welcome the attendees who will hear reports about the Common Cause partnership, church planting efforts, and the church property litigation involving 11 ADV congregations.  The theme of “Making Disciples” was chosen to highlight the efforts of ADV churches to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Whether they’re encouraging farmers through Planting Faith Ministries in Kenya or helping the homeless in their own backyards though The Lamb Center in Fairfax, ADV members have been ‘making disciples’ in a variety of ways,” said CANA Suffragan Bishop and ADV Contact Bishop David Bena.

Mr. Oakes remarked that ADV is filling a crucial need in Virginia.  “Not only are ADV congregations assisting their communities at every turn, but they are providing a beacon of hope and truth for orthodox Anglicans in Virginia.  Our unity has strengthened because we are able to offer biblical truth to our communities and beyond,” he said.

For delegates, ADV Council will officially commence on Friday, September 26 at 7:00 pm with prayer and praise.  The delegate sessions slated for Saturday, September 27 will take place from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Dr. Packer’s address, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 9:45 am ET on Saturday, September 27.  Church of the Epiphany is located at 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive in Herndon, Va.

The Anglican District of Virginia ( is an association of Anglican congregations in Virginia.  Its members are in full communion with constituent members of the Anglican Communion through its affiliation with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), a missionary branch of the Church of Nigeria and other Anglican Archbishops.  ADV members are a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a community of 77 million people.  ADV is dedicated to fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples while actively serving in three main capacities: International Ministries, Evangelism, and Strengthening Families and Community.  ADV is currently comprised of 21 member congregations.

Note to the Media: Media must register in advance to attend Dr. Packer’s keynote address or any portion of the ADV Council.  To attend, for the full schedule of events, or to schedule an interview with an ADV representative, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

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