News Around the Diocese

Bishop Atwood Sends Letter to Diocese Concerning Responsible Voting

Bishop Bill Atwood has sent a letter to the International Diocese concerning the spiritual responsibility of Christians to vote in the upcoming election.  In it, he notes that

"In this election, there are critical issues that Christians must consider if we are to remain faithful.  Three of them stand out.  First, is reference for life. Second, preserving the integrity and stability of the family as God has revealed it.  Third is religious freedom . . . . The attempt is being made to keep "religious" values out of public discourse and decision-making, but we should not do that.  Unwittingly, Christians who opt out of the political process are strengthening that position . . . . It is not faithful to fail to vote."  The entire letter can be read here.


Upcoming Ordinations

Bishop Atwood will ordain Brian Larson Wells and Wes Gristy as Deacons and perform confirmations at All Saints Anglican Church in Jackson, Tennessee, on Sunday, November 4, 2012.


Ordinations and Dedication

On Saturday, October 13, Bishop Atwood ordained Isaac Rehberg and Rodney Wood at Christ our King Anglican Church, 220 FM 1863, New Braunfels, Texas.  Christ our King's new building also was dedicated. The Bishop taught on Friday evening. 

Canon Dr. Jack Lumanog from ACNA joined us for the weekend.

Fr. Lawrence Mbugua and Emmanuel Anglican Church, Raleigh, Given Enthusiastic Welcome

Bishop Atwood announced the enthusiastic reception of the Rev. Lawrence Mbugua as priest and the naming and launching of Emmanuel Anglican Church, Raleigh, N.C., a congregation composed of people from Kenya.  In addition to one confirmation and the commissioning in Christian service of the rest of the congregation, the Anglican/African celebration, complete with Swahili choruses and dancing, included the distinguished presence of Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop of Kenya.  As part of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Mbugua led the congregation in making a special offering in support of the orphanage that Archbishop Wabukala established in his home in Bungoma after the death of his first wife.  Named after his late wife, it, too, includes the name Emmanuel:  Mama Caren Emmanuel Children's Home.  Archbishop Wabukala spoke on the close partnership that ACNA enjoys with the Anglican Church of Kenya.

Bishop Atwood with Archbishop Isingoma

While at the ACNA Provincial Council, Bishop Atwood interviewed Archbishop Henri Isingoma of the Congo. 

Diocese Welcomes Emmaus Anglican Church and Fr. Theron

Parish Council 2011

On May 23, 2012, Bishop Atwood issued a warm welcome to Emmaus Anglican Church in Castle Rock, Colorado, and announced its reception into the International Diocese of ACNA.  Clergy throughout the Diocese responded immediately with greetings and words of welcome to its priest, Fr. Theron Walker.  Emmaus Anglican Church was conceived in January 2010 and met for worship for the first time in Castle Rock in February.  The congregation and Fr. Theron were accepted into the Diocese of the Holy Spirit of ACNA that same year.  After that Diocese became so successful that it was divided to make several new dioceses, Emmaus sought God's direction for its new home, which it has found in the International Diocese. Their aim "as individuals and as a congregation is to become, by God's grace, more deeply and truly one with Christ."

Welcome Emmaus Anglican Church and Fr. Theron!


Bishop Bill Atwood ordained Dr. Chris Richardson and Dr. Tom Devitt to the Priesthood on the 13th of April, 2012, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, New Braunfels, Texas.


Rev. Jose Zurita was ordained by Bishop Bill Atwood to Deacon (Transitional) on Saturday on the 7th of April, 2012, at 3:00 PM at Faith Church, meeting at 915 W. Parker Rd. Suite 203, Plano, TX 75023. 

Bishop Atwood Returns from Africa


After a whirl-wind trip through Kenya and Tanzania and back to Kenya, Bishop Atwood returned to Carrollton in late March. As part of his responsibilities as Suffragan Bishop in Kenya, Bishop Atwood makes several trips to Africa each year.  While there, he meets with other Anglican Bishops, Archbishops, and other Leaders; presents timely messages based on Scripture and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ; and visits various villages and outposts to fellowship with the people of the land.  More information about his recent visit to Kenya and Tanzania can be found here.