|Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central de América|
|Territory||Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama|
Four of the five dioceses of the Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central de America were founded by the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Anglicanism was also introduced by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel when the United Kingdom administered two colonies in Central America, British Honduras and Miskitia. In later years, immigrants brought the Anglican Church with them. This first period is often called the time of the chaplaincies.
By 2008, the Anglican Church in Central America had voted to consecrate women bishops although none of have been consecrated as of yet. By 2013, the Diocese of El Salvador offered ministries on behalf of and in support of LGBT members.
Julio Murray, Bishop of Panama, was elected as Primate in April 2018 and took office with his installation on 11 August, succeeding Sturdie Downs, Bishop of Nicaragua. Downs was elected in late 2014 to serve a four-year term of office as primate (2015-2019); he succeeded Armando Guerra, Bishop of Guatemala (2011-2015), who in turn succeeded Martin Barahona, Bishop of El Salvador (2003-2011).
Today, there are over 35,000 Anglicans out of an estimated population of 30.1 million.
The polity of the Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central de América is Episcopalian church governance, which is the same as other Anglican churches. The church maintains a system of geographical parishes organized into dioceses. There are 5 of these, each headed by a bishop:
Some countries of Central America are part of other Anglican churches:
The Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central de América embraces three orders of ministry: deacon, priest, and bishop. The Spanish-language version of the Episcopal Church (USA)'s 1979 Book of Common Prayer is used.
Within the province, the dioceses represent a diversity of opinions on social issues. Regarding gender equality, the province has dioceses, including the Episcopal Church of Costa Rica, that recognize women in ordained ministry. In 2012, the Episcopal Church in Nicaragua ordained two women as priests.
In 2003, the Primate, or Presiding Bishop, of the Anglican Church in Central America attended the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay and partnered bishop in the Anglican Communion. The Diocese of El Salvador formed a ministry for LGBT people in the country. In 2014, the Episcopal Church of Costa Rica, a diocese of the province, has taken steps to welcome LGBT members. Also in 2014, the diocese in El Salvador continued to offer a space for LGBT members to "freely express themselves." The Diocese of Guatemala elected the Rev Silvestre Enrique Romero as bishop coadjutor in 2017. The Rev Romero, prior to being elected bishop, served in The Episcopal Church (US) and offered to bless same-sex unions as priest-in-charge.