Serving the Anglican Church in North America

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Dan Alger

Dan headshotDan leads Always Forward as the Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Church in North America. Dan has a long history of almost 20 years in church planting, helping church planters and church plants as a friend, trainer, and coach. He has planted two churches as the Lead Planter in Georgia and North Carolina. Dan graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earned his Masters from Trinity School for Ministry, and his D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary. Dan is married to Karen, and they have two young sons. At the moment, Dan is only receiving a limited number of clients.

Joe Acanfora

J_AcanforaJoseph Acanfora is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of North America. Joe has served as head pastor/rector at churches in New York and Virginia. Joe and his wife Beth happily reside in Evergreen Colorado, and enjoy the mountains and outdoor lifestyle. Joe also currently serves part-time as a hospice chaplain, and is involved with rural church planting in Colorado.



Tuck Bartholomew

KmraJLG3As the Canon for Church Planting for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Tuck leads the Great Commission Committee, as well as training church planters, coaching pastors, performing assessments for prospective planters, and aids in developing strategic plans for local congregations in the diocese.





Tony Melton

FtpOt6GhFr. Tony serves as priest and planting rector at Christ the King Anglican Church. He was ordained a priest in 2015 after graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary with his ThM in 2012 and Cranmer Theological House with his ThM in 2013. Before arriving in Georgia in 2019, he spent 5 years as assisting priest at The Chapel of the Cross and Headmaster of The Saint Timothy School in Dallas, TX. He and his wife, Vandi, have five children. Fr. Tony enjoys playing sports, especially golf, and talking theology over coffee/beer.

Christian Ruch

Yyi5P1JPChristian serves as the Rector of Church of the Cross, which he and his wife Molly helped to plant in 2004. His responsibilities there include preaching, supervising the staff team, providing pastoral care, and overseeing the work of leadership development and church planting (Church of the Cross has three daughter churches in the Twin Cities).In his spare time, you’ll find Christian running, traveling, and spending time outdoors with his family.

Molly Ruch

AWP_3455.Molly.Ruch.2022 (1)Molly Ruch loves seeing the kingdom of God expand on earth. She and her husband Christian planted Church of the Cross in Hopkins, Minnesota, in 2004. Since then, she has helped in the birth of three daughter churches and one diocese and has coached multiple planters. Molly serves as Canon for Church Planting for the Upper Midwest Diocese, as the Director of the Always Forward Institute, and has coached multiple planters and lay leaders who want to get a church church started in their area. Molly desires to see pastors and their families remain resilient, which informs her work offering retreats with the Anglican Leadership Initiative.

Todd Simonis

OqgN2QSfRev. Todd Simonis is the Associate Rector at St. Helena’s Anglican Church in Beaufort, SC and also serves as the Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Todd and his wife, Elizabeth, have lived in South Carolina for the past 20 years. Todd and Elizabeth have two great kids: Annie (17) and Luke (13). Todd loves cheering for his beloved Green Bay Packers and being outdoors, especially if it involves playing golf. 

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