Bishop Roger Ames


The Rt. Rev. Roger Copeland Ames was elected first bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes at its Constitutional Convention in April 2010, and formally installed on April 30, 2011 at the Diocese’s annual convention in Akron.

Bishop Ames has been in the pastorate for 30 years and served as rector of St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Fairlawn, Ohio near Akron for more than 20 years. He is passionate in his desire to see a spiritual revival sweep throughout the Body of Christ. This driving desire is seen through his committed relationship of many years with Acts 29 Ministries and in numerous healing missions and spiritual renewal outreach trips in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Bishop Ames is excited to be a part of the renewal of Anglicanism in North America. “It is very exciting to be a part of the birthing process that could offer a significantly different paradigm to do Kingdom work and mission in our western culture,” he says. “I find it absolutely wonderful to think that the DNA of this new structure will be strongly influenced by the African revival and the marvelous and very fruitful emphasis on mission and incarnating the Kingdom.”

Bishop Ames received his undergraduate degree from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He spent 10 years working in the sales and marketing field, and also in a college admissions office, before experiencing a powerful conversion. He began attending a local Episcopal congregation with his family and felt the Lord’s call to the ministry. He attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received his Master’s of Divinity in 1977, was ordained to the Diaconate in June 1977, and the priesthood in December 1977. Prior to serving as rector of St. Luke’s, he served as rector of Christ Church in Charlevoix, Michigan. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Anglican Council, and helped found HarvestNet Institute. He has also helped plant churches in the Indianapolis area, lower Michigan and the Great Lakes area.

Bishop Ames and his wife Margreta (“Gretsie”) have been married for 43 years and have two grown children and three grandchildren.

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