Always Forward is a collaborative effort of the Province, Dioceses, local churches, and people of the Anglican Church in North America working together for the planting of new Gospel-centered, sacramental, missional churches throughout North America.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Dan Alger
Provincial Canon for Church Planting & Executive Director
Dan serves as the Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Church in North America and the Executive Director of Always Forward. His purpose as the Archbishop’s Canon is to create a strong church planting movement that multiplies healthy churches and healthy church planters. Dan has a long history in church planting, helping church planters and church plants as a friend, trainer, and coach for almost 20 years. He has planted two churches as the Lead Planter—one in greater Atlanta, Georgia, and one in the Ft. Bragg area near Fayetteville, North Carolina. Dan is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, earned his Masters from Trinity School for Ministry, and his D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary with a church planting concentration. Alongside his work for the Province, he also currently serves as the Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Diocese of Christ Our Hope and the Sr. Associate Rector of Church of the Redeemer at New Garden Park in North Carolina. Dan is married to Karen, and they have two young sons.
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Canon Molly Ruch
Director of Always Forward Institute
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 two daughter churches and one diocese and has coached multiple planters. Molly serves as Canon for Church Planting for the Upper Midwest Diocese and as the Director of the Always Forward Institute and on the Always Forward Leadership Team. Molly desires to see pastors and their families remain resilient, which informs her work offering retreats with the Anglican Leadership Initiative. She enjoys spending time with her family of four children and a rescue dog, visiting art museums anywhere in the world, and sharing in the benefits of living in Minnesota with plenty of lakes for paddle boarding or ice skating—depending on the weather.