Read About CANA East's Three New Archdeacons
The Venerable Richard Lafferty will serve as archdeacon of the Mid-Atlantic. The Venerable Will Wilson will serve as archdeacon of the newly created Archdeaconry of the Chesapeake. The Venerable Jay Cayangyang will serve as archdeacon of the North East.The regional archdeacons of CANA East serve as the senior clergy of the diocese and serve on behalf of the bishops of the diocese.
The Venerable Jay Cayangyang
The Venerable Jay Cayangyang was recently appointed as the Archdeacon of the North East. He currently serves as the Rector of Bishop Seabury Anglican Church in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. Previously, he served as Canon to the Ordinary for the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy of the Anglican Church in North America.
Archdeacon Cayangyang first sensed a call to ordained ministry while a student at Florida State University. He was involved with Campus Crusade Crusade for Christ and almost went on staff. Instead, he attended seminary at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California and found himself on the Canterbury Trail. He began the discernment process for Holy Orders and was ordained a deacon and a priest in 1996. Since then, he has served parishes in California, Virginia, and Florida.
In addition to his parish responsibilities, Archdeacon Cayangyang is a Navy Reserve Commander and currently serves as the Deputy Force Chaplain for Commander Naval Surface Force Atlantic. He has had numerous active-duty and reserve assignments including combat deployments with U.S. Marine units in Iraq, and as Command Chaplain for Naval Station Mayport, Florida.
Archdeacon Cayangyang sees great ministry and church planting opportunities throughout the Archdeaconry of the North East. Recent reports have identified New England and the North East as the most “unchurched” region of the country. He hopes to work together with the clergy and parishes of the North East in promoting Christ centered Anglicanism. In addition to the regions metropolitan areas, Archdeacon Cayangyang has a heart to reach those in the rural communities and small towns and see lives transformed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Archdeacon Cayangyang currently serving on the Diocesan Standing Committee and is actively involved with the GAFCON movement. He enjoys reading, walking, studying maps and visiting historical sites. He and his wife, Linda, have five children, two of whom are studying at the University of Connecticut, two in high school, and one in elementary.
The Venerable Richard Lafferty
The Ven. Dr. Richard Lafferty pastor of St. George’s Anglican Church in Helmetta, NJ has been recently appointed as the archdeacon for the Mid-Atlantic. His vision for the role includes promoting meaningful fellowship among the clergy and promoting church planting within the archdeaconry. His ministry experience includes pastoring and planting churches in Ohio and Southern New England, in college leadership, as faculty for two theological seminaries, and as serving in prior denominational leadership. Throughout the years his leadership fostered more than a dozen church plants. He has written for professional periodicals and contributed to a text book on comparative religion.
Prior to his conversion to Christ as a young adult he obtained a degree in Electronic Engineering. Upon acceptance of a call to ministry he went on to Evangel University to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees in religion and theology. He also attended Winebrenner Seminary and holds an advanced degree from Regent University. He was recognized as the Outstanding Student in the Divinity School in upon completion of his doctoral studies.
His ministry passion grows out of his personal mission statement. He says, “My call is to apply the gospel of Jesus Christ to people's lives that they might become all that God desires for them to be”. This is carried out through five personal core tasks: serving with compassionate servitude, leading towards deliberate discipleship, developing exceptional youth, modeling fervent prayer, engaging purposeful fellowship, and leading in vibrant Worship.
The Ven. Lafferty is married to Ellen of Shiloh, Ohio. They have one son; the Rev. Joel Lafferty married to Christy, and a granddaughter Mercy.
The Venerable William Wilson
To call Archdeacon William E. Wilson a shepherd of God’s flock would be inaccurate. In the Gospel of John, Jesus charges Peter to care for “my sheep” (Jesus’ sheep), not Peter’s sheep. There is only one Good Shepherd: at best Wilson can be described as a fairly efficient sheep dog. Think of an Alsatian Sheep Dog alertly watching for the wolves that are trying to harm his master’s flock. Alert and unafraid to defend those exposed to harm.
This explains why he decided to listen to the members of his church who were prodding him towards the ministry. The Episcopal hierarchy centered at 815 2nd Avenue in New York was bullying the faithful Christians left in the Church, and Wilson has little regard for bullies. With a PhD in Finance (specializing in Corporate Finance) he thought that he could be helpful in the divestiture that was clearly about to occur. The Alsatian Sheep Dog was eager to take on the wolves.
But God had different plans. Instead of placing him at the front in battle the Lord placed Wilson with the wounded. While in seminary, Wilson had an extended internship at the Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was tasked with the pastoral care of drug addicts and the mentally ill. Following graduation, the VA employed him as the chaplain for those with terminal illnesses. It turns out that his aggressive sheep dog has a very tender heart for those sheep under his care.
So that brings us to today. Listening for the voice of his master, Wilson cares for those committed to his charge. Besides his home church, he is now charged with keeping a watchful eye over the diocesan clergy in the states surrounding the Chesapeake Bay. He is confident the Good Shepherd has things well in hand.