Free Protestant Episcopal Church

The Free Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States (FPEC) began as an overseas outreach of the Free Protestant Episcopal Church of England. The English group was formed on November 2, 1897 from the merger of three smaller churches; others were to join later. The ordination of bishops from within the apostolic succession was of major importance to this group, as also was having the church recognized as a lawfully constituted denomination. The latter event occurred, at least tacitly, when an Archdeacon from the group was exempted from World War I conscription in 1917 due to his status as a clergyman, which would not have been permitted had the group not been considered a lawfully constituted denomination.

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