What is Anglican? Many people are unfamiliar with the term Anglican and do not understand how that describes our church. The word “Anglican” essentially means “English.” It is the term that is used to describe the Church of England and all the churches around the world that are derived from the Church of England and share the same faith and practice. The history of the church in England goes back to the earliest days of Christianity. No one knows exactly when Christianity came to England but it may have been as early as the first century when the Romans conquered Britain. The Anglican Church as we know it today came about during the Reformation of the 1500’s when the English Church separated from Rome and established an English Church. The Anglican Church today is numbered about 85 million people in more than 160 nations. Our Anglican affiliation is through the Anglican Church in North America, and locally through the Anglican Diocese of the South.