The Anglican Church is the English branch of the New Testament Church established by Jesus Christ.  The word "Anglican" comes from Latin and means "English", which refers to our Anglo-Saxon and Celtic spiritual heritage.

The Anglican Church is the branch of the Christian Church throughout the world in communion with the Church of England.  Tradition records that the Gospel took root in Britain in A.D. 37 with the arrival from the Holy Land of St. Joseph of Arimathea (the disciple who buried Christ in his own tomb).

The first written records show a fully grown British Church that had bishops of London, York and Lincoln attending the council of Aries in A.D. 314 and assented to the council of Nicaea in A.D. 325.