The Reverend Father Edwin Bede Thornton

Undertook and completed courses in Engineering and Surveying from in-service training, U.S. Army Engineering School, and from various Junior Colleges.

Awarded registration by examination both as a Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor in the State of Arizona and as a Professional Engineer by reciprocity in the State of Arkansas.

Licensed as a Lay Reader in St. Luke's Parish at the age of 15 for the purpose of reading Morning Prayer in the Sunday School, and continued as a Lay Reader in every Parish and Mission.

In the 1980's, attended the Diocese of Arizona Bishop's School and was licensed as a Lay Preacher.

While in Arizona, attended and completed the Theological Education for Ministry by Extension as administered by the School of Theology of the University of the South, a four year program based on the core curriculum, and was awarded a commendation by the University.

Left the Episcopal Church USA.

Joined the American Anglican Church and with the approval of the Rector and Vestry of St. Chrysostom's Church was named Postulant by Bishop William Millsaps.

Ordained as a Deacon in 1992 by Bishop Jean Pierre Meshew, American Anglican Church in 1992, and served as Deacon-in-charge of Christ the King Church.

Incardinated into the Southern Episcopal Church and Ordained to the Priesthood in 1995 by the Most Rev. Huron Clay Manning, Jr., Presiding Bishop.

Chrismated and Incardinated into the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe and the Americas by His Eminence Hilarion Archbishop of Austin and all Texas in 2000. This jurisdiction no longer exists.

Incardinated as Priest into The Celtic Episcopal Church 2005.