Why? Why should GAFCON have a London office? Well, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Communion Office will find out.
GAFCON has made a big deal out of being disappointed with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Communion Office, not to mention the Church of England. And to make that disappointment clear they are sending their attack puppy, Bishop Martyn Minns, to chew at the heels of the establishment.
Let us remember that Martyn Minns has a long history of gnawing the Anglican bone. He as been part of the two front strategy of the "Faith once delivered of the Saints" crowd for a long time. He was part of the meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury following the ordination of Bishop Robinson in which the Anglican Communion Network (later to become the Anglican Church in North America) was cooked up, he has been part of the one legged stool crowd that has made the rounds, being "helpful" to various Primates at Primates meetings, and generally planting strategy where ever he goes.
Once upon a time Martyn Minns was an Episcopal Priest. Then he determined that his vows as a priest in this church were relatively secondary and moved on, first to become bishop in the Church of Nigeria and then to take the parish where he was Rector into a new missionary thingy of the Church of Nigeria located in the US. He of course took the keys to the building, the goods and such, and most of the people, and claims to all that Truro Church had to offer.
Now to be honest, the Executive, Bishop Martin Minns, late of Virginia, the Episcopal Church, and now of CANA, the Church of Nigeria, and the Anglican Church of North America, hales from England. Perhaps it is just a English thing, having headquarters in London. But don't bet on it.
GAFCON does its strategy with some consistency, having learned that strategy from Minns, Duncan, Anderson and the like. The idea is, on the one hand do what you want and at the same time deflect the enemy's attention from your actions by making them defend again and again really stupid variations on questions similar to "have you stopped beating your wife yet?"
The big deflection is to constantly harp on just how the western churches, particularly the CofE, The Anglican Church of Canada and, of course, The Episcopal Church are on their way to perdition, are loosing so many members that they will die out anyway, and that they no longer hold the faith once delivered to the Saints, and, oh yes, that this is because they are terrible revisionists believing that women and gay people are proper subjects for inclusion in various sacraments. Garbage is thrown and the reaction is to try to dodge the scraps.
So GAFCON will go ahead and is setting up its own seemingly Anglican international franchise, and no one is raising much of a snit fit. This is primarily because too many are working too hard trying to address the accusations about being dead, irrelevant and revisionist. We ought not get defensive about the garbage. We ought to get out in front of this and tell it like it is: these people have become something other than Anglican.
The point, however, is that all that stuff is a distraction so we don't see that the pea has been removed by slight of hand from the shell game. While good people are defending their actions as Christians, others are moving along nicely to set up new organizational structures, making the claim that they are the new improved Anglican Communion. The problem is that the GAFCON is neither Anglican nor orthodox. GAFCON is revivalist.
GAFCON has seven regular primates of Anglican Communion member churches. Assuming (and it is a big assumption) that they truly represent their churches and people, they are a sizable community, estimated at 35 million people.
The eighth primate represents a community of people about the size of the Diocese of Virginia and somewhat smaller than the Diocese of Haiti. It's primate is proclaimed primate by the church he belongs to and shaped. Neither he nor the ACNA has any formal relationship to the Anglican Communion as currently constituted. The Primate is a deposed bishop from The Episcopal Church, and a product of a long term scheme put together by a small group of Americans to produce an alternative "province" in North America and barring that province being recognized by the Anglican Communion, to provide an alternative context in which being in an Anglican Communion could be accomplished by replacing the instruments of unity with some alternate set of such instruments.
So GAFCON replaces the Anglican Consultative Council, GAFCON Primates replaces the Primates Meeting, GAFCON Bishops will eventually replace Lambeth, and the Chairman will replace the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The idea is for GAFCON as it moves forward to become the "real" Communion and let the North and West, and their companions in other parts of the world, drift off into irrelevance. It is not necessary for this new communion to "locate" in a particular place, it is not necessary for it to have a specific Archbishop or See be the "focus of unity."
But it is apparently necessary to have a London office, the better to be close to the real Anglican focus of unity, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and nip away at gaining either recognition for ACNA or bite the Church of England in the leg for distraction's sake.
Now with the Archbishop of Kenya as Chair and the Bishop of all CANA as Executive GAFCON is poised to carry on its work establishing a second Anglican Communion while all the while claiming to be only real Anglican Communion.
When will the Anglican Communion come to its senses and call these people for what they are: confused and increasingly not engaged in the spirit of Anglicanism, or for that matter its practice and polity.
If the division is between there being two Anglican Communions and GAFCON not being Anglican at all, I sense it is the second that prevails. GAFCON is not Anglican at all.