So, I had a discussion recently which hit me like thunderbolt over a disagreement. In response to my challenge, I was first asked a question and then told matter of factly something that inadvertently encouraged me to set the record straight. That this blog — that I don’t use nearly enough — is a place for me to speak my truth.
- “About the article, is there anything in the article which is untrue?”
- [If untrue,] “and is part of your history.”
It’s March 2014. After Archbishop Duncan announced he would not seek a second term as Archbishop, my predecessor as Chief Operating Officer also announced he would step down at the conclusion of the Archbishop’s term.
Archbishop Duncan and the Executive Committee of the ACNA appointed me as Acting Chief Operating Officer of the ACNA effective 1 July 2014 to begin serving the next Archbishop who would be elected at the June 2014 Provincial Assembly.
(Then under Foley Beach, I would have both the Canon to the Archbishop job which I had since July 2011 and the additional appointment of Chief Operating Officer effective August 2014 — working two full time jobs simultaneously which was held by two separate people — until I left the staff in October 2018. Then when I left in October 2018, it was clear what I did for 4 years and 2 months was unsustainable that I was replaced by two separate people and separating the jobs once again.)
So, what ended up coming out of my mouth for the 17 March 2014 news release, were not my words. Not at all. They were written by my predecessor and attributed to me. Perhaps he felt unsatisfied with the level of tribute that he believed he was entitled. I don’t know and I wasn’t asked. But I was pretty surprised when I saw the release when it was sent out to the whole church especially knowing that those were not my words.
Here’s what I wrote originally: “Brad has served us well in the last five years as Chief Operating Officer. I look forward to the continued opportunity to serve by ensuring the stability of the work of our Province,” said Lumanog.
Here’s what ended up in the final statement attributed to me:
“Brad’s gifts and insights in the establishment of our Provincial Office, and in the equipping of the broader Church vision, have been invaluable to the work of the Anglican Church in North America. He has served us exceedingly well in the last five years as Chief Operating Officer. I look forward to building on Brad’s excellent work and the continued opportunity to serve by ensuring the stability of the work of our Province,” said Lumanog.
This is just a glimpse into a moment of 7 years in the life of Jack Lumanog. Writing is how I process — so this is probably something I’ll be doing a little bit more here and there especially with all this extra time on my hand to write during these days of COVID-19 quarantine!
The disputed but full news release from 17 March 2017 follows below.
17 March 2017
(Ambridge, PA) – The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the Anglican Church in North America, is pleased to announce that The Venerable Canon Dr. Jon I. Lumanog will assume the role of Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Province effective July 1, 2014. Canon Lumanog succeeds Mr. Bradley B. Root as he steps down as COO at the conclusion of Assembly 2014. Mr. Root will continue beyond Assembly through the third quarter of 2014 as Special Projects Coordinator and Senior Advisor. At mid-summer a development officer (as yet to be named) will join the Provincial Staff and Brad Root will be much involved with the transition in that area of the work.
“Over the last year and a half, our Executive Committee has been working together on management succession as we come to the conclusion of my archiepiscopate this June,” said Archbishop Duncan. “Brad has fulfilled most admirably his five year commitment to serve me as Chief Operating Officer by establishing our Provincial Office, providing health care and pension for our clergy and lay employees for the whole Province, and by leading the extraordinary giving to provide a firm financial foundation for our movement for many years to come.”
Canon Lumanog has served Archbishop Duncan and the Province as Canon for Provincial and Global Mission since 2011. “Brad’s gifts and insights in the establishment of our Provincial Office, and in the equipping of the broader Church vision, have been invaluable to the work of the Anglican Church in North America. He has served us exceedingly well in the last five years as Chief Operating Officer. I look forward to building on Brad’s excellent work and the continued opportunity to serve by ensuring the stability of the work of our Province,” said Lumanog.
The Archbishop continued, “I also intend to nominate Mr. Root to serve as Provincial Treasurer to succeed Mr. William Roemer further ensuring continuity in our financial oversight. It will be up to Provincial Council to ultimately confirm this nomination but our Provincial leadership is working hard to ensure a smooth transition in the Office of the Archbishop.”
Mr. Root commented, “I have great joy in the way this transition has unfolded. I am grateful to Archbishop Duncan for the invitation to serve him and the Province in these formative years. I am deeply indebted to Bill Roemer for his exceptional leadership as our Provincial Treasurer and am humbled by this nomination to succeed him. I also believe that Canon Lumanog is an ideal choice to assume this role of Acting Chief Operating Officer as he connects one Archbishop’s administration to the next.”
Archbishop Duncan also thanked the Executive Committee for their work: “The Provincial Office has provided invaluable support for my leadership. By addressing these transitional issues, the Executive Committee has ensured that this support will benefit the next Archbishop from his very first day, and enable him to carry on the work of the Province immediately.”
The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Additionally, Bishop Lumanog is an Associate Member of The Anglican Union for the Propagation of the Gospel, an international confraternity of oratories, which is under the patronage of seven bishops from the worldwide Anglican Communion.