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We are a community of believers in Jesus Christ. We are one part of His universal Church. We are a family of congregations known as the Evangelical Apostolic Church of North America (EAC).
Our liturgical and apostolic roots are in the Church of the East in the Middle East and India (an ancient tradition formally known as the Holy Apostolic and Catholic Church of the East). We trace our family line (or, "Apostolic succession") back to Christ’s Apostles through this church.
The EAC in the United States began from a home prayer group in Scarsdale, New York. This prayer group became the Congregation of the Messiah and its first pastor was ordained to the priesthood in the line of the Church of the East in 1973. In 1976, the Church was incorporated under the name of the Syro-Chaldean Church of North America. The name was changed in 1992. While our roots are Eastern, the EAC functions as an independent self-governed body of believers.
Our congregations or parishes are organized into dioceses, each of which is overseen by a senior pastor or bishop. Each congregation is cared for by ordained priests or the bishop who serve as local pastors.
The Rev. Fr. Ben Torrey, Archdeacon
Province of North America
Tuckahoe, New York
Fort Mill, South Carolina
Taebaek, South Korea