About the Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill Atwood served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot before entering the ministry. During his military career, he traveled to many nations, where he has continued to develop relationships and commitments in his ministry.
After serving in parish ministry for many years as a priest and in administrative positions as a canon, in 2000 a group of Anglican Archbishops invited him to leave parish ministry to serve them full-time as General Secretary of the Ekklesia Society. The Ekklesia Society (www.ekk.org) is an international society established in 1996. It is composed of leading Anglican Bishops and Archbishops from around the world who are committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ by affirming the authority of the Scriptures, the faith of the historic creeds, the sacraments as instituted by Jesus Christ, and the historic apostolic ministry.
In 2006, then Canon Atwood formally left the Episcopal Church in his stand for traditional Anglicanism in America. He was elected Bishop in the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) in 2007 by unanimous vote of the Provincial Synod to serve the Archbishop and the province’s international interests, which included providing care for the congregations and clergy in the USA under Kenyan jurisdiction. More Archbishops participated in his consecration (installation of a Bishop) than in any other in Anglican history. He has played key roles in many of the numerous efforts, including the formation of the Anglican Church in North American (ACNA), to stand for orthodox Anglicanism in the USA.
In 2009, he was made Diocesan Bishop of the newly formed International Diocese in ACNA, which is deeply committed to maintaining the African and South American relationships that have been vital for the Gospel and in launching ACNA. He continues to serve as Suffragan Bishop of All Saints Cathedral Diocese in ACK. He serves as the ambassador for the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (the ongoing Global Anglican Future movement) and is often asked to provide counsel and speak at conferences in many nations in the Anglican Church around the world.