The Abyssinian Apostolic Church was initially founded and established on April 5, 2005 under the name of the Apostolic Anglican Church of America under the auspices of the Archdiocese of the Mid-West. In its original formation, the Apostolic Anglican Church of America was established as the United States national province within the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches.
The Apostolic Anglican Church of America was purposed to promote “Convergence,” which is the bringing together into one cohesive body the three streams of Christendom – Evangelical, Charismatic/Pentecostal, and Liturgical/Sacramental. The format of worship in its original form was based on the 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer.
Up until October 27, 2012, the Apostolic Anglican Church of America had only one Archdiocese (The Archdiocese of the Mid-West). On that date, the Apostolic Anglican Church of America admitted and established two other Dioceses (The Diocese of St. Mark the Evangelist and The Diocese of St. Benedict The Moor). Since that time, the Apostolic Anglican Church of America expanded to include the following Diocese – The Diocese of St. Peter, The Diocese of St. Paul, and The Diocese of St. Matthew.
On October 28, 2014, the Apostolic Anglican Church of America , by unanimous decision of the House of Bishops voted to officially change the name of the national province to the Abyssinian Apostolic Church. This was done for a two-fold reason:
- To acknowledge and create a culturally relevant church body that promotes Africentric culture and worship style.
- In a means to identify the national province with the constituents it serves by renaming the province with an Africentric title.
It is to be noted that the Abyssinian Apostolic Church remains true to the principles, doctrines and polity of the Christian faith and order, while benefiting both spiritually and numerically by providing a structured, yet free worship environment and a modernized liturgy that blends the elements of Evangelical and Charismatic/Pentecostal worship into the Liturgical/Sacramental (The Abyssinian Rite).
In January of 2015, the name of the national province was officially changed to the Abyssinian Apostolic Church, and all of the Dioceses which were vested under the auspices of the Apostolic Anglican Church of America officially adopted “Apostolic” as the prefix to their diocesan name. Hence, the Dioceses are now known as follows:
- The Apostolic Diocese of St. Mark the Evangelist
- The Apostolic Diocese of St. Peter
- The Apostolic Diocese of St. Paul
- The Apostolic Diocese of St. Matthew
Note : The original Archdiocese retained its original name, The Archdiocese of the Mid-West
On November 21, 2015, the Abyssinian Apostolic Church admitted the Missionary Diocese of St. Frumentius, which has been placed under the immediate jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of the Mid-West.
On May 15, 2016, during the celebration of Pentecost Sunday, Bishop Glouster G. Brooks, Sr., OSP of the Apostolic Diocese of St. Frumentius and Bishop James Thompson, Ph.D., OSP (Vicar for Priests) received Episcopal Consecration at the hand of Archbishop D. E. Chase, in Orlando, FL.
Additionally, on the same day, May 15, 2016, Archbishop Dennis M. Golphin, Ph.D., OSP entered into Patriarchal Vows at the hand of Archbishop D. E. Chase, Ph.D., OSP.
On November 19, 2016 in the City of Louisville, KY, The Rev. B. Jamal Broadnax and The Rev. Corey A. Jenkins were ordained as Priests. Additionally, The Rev. Vittina M. Mills was ordained as Deacon of the Church.