History of the Episcopal Catholic Church
We are a young church with an old heart, but a fresh perspective on how the church should service mankind. Or church was formed out of the Progressive Episcopal Church founded by Bishop Jack Stafford in 2012. Stafford had began his ministerial journey with the Southern Episcopal Church, which was founded in 1962 by a Nashville, TN physician turned clergyman, the Right Reverend Burnice Hoyle Webster, and a number of former members of the Episcopal Church USA. Bishop Webster became the SEC's first presiding bishop. The creation of the SEC was in reaction to the increasingly liberal beliefs of the ECUSA. The SEC considers itself a "Continuing Anglican" church, but the founding of the SEC preceded the start of the Continuing Anglican Movement by 15 years. As Stafford's theology became more progressive in nature he was lead to establish the Progressive Episcopal Church in 2012. Due to some internal conflicts several clergy members left in the summer of 2013 and formed what was originally called the Charismas Church. Its beliefs focused on the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. In August of 2013 Bishop Rafael Seijo and Fr. Edward Vaughan co-wrote the Creed of the Charismata, which became the foundation of the new church along with the creation of a canon and set of beliefs. The church carried along with it a hand full of clergy who continued to carry out their individual ministries. It wasn't until the fall of 2015 that a decision was made at the suggestion of Bishop Fred Ashmead to rebrand the church to better recognize its beliefs. Some of the members considered themselves more catholic while others more protestant, hence the combination of the names Episcopal based on the church structure and Catholic to represent the ancient faith traditions of the universal church of believers. In January 2016 the ECC started talks with the Anglican Free Communion to become a member jurisdiction which was formally approved on 2/16/16. Since then we have grown by leaps and bounds.