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Welcome to Ekklesia Society

Ekklesia is an international society committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ, conforming to the Lambeth Quadrilateral, which affirms:

    • The authority of the Scriptures

    • The faith of the historic Creeds

    • The Sacraments as instituted by Jesus

    • Historic Apostolic Ministry

The Ekklesia Society was established in 1996 as a result of the drift of the western Anglican churches from Biblical faith. Genuine Biblical faith includes fidelity to the historic teaching of who God is and how we are to live. Key elements of this are both evangelism and care for the poor. Ekklesia has fostered relationships among leaders in the global south and churches still aligned with orthodox theology and practice in North America and served as a catalyst for many development projects.


Photo of the consecretion of Bishop Atwood in Kenya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In May of 2000, a group of Primates (leading Archbishops in the Anglican Communion around the world) invited Ekklesia to re-organize under their authority. They called Canon Bill Atwood to leave parish ministry to serve full time as Ekklesia's General Secretary.  Ekklesia's Primates Council is led by Archbishop Greg Venables. Other key Primates involved have included Archbishops Drexel Gomez (West Indies), David Gitari (Kenya), Donald Mtetemela (Tanzania), Henry Orombi (Uganda), Bernard Malango (Central Africa), and Benjamin Nzimbi (Kenya). Several new Primates agreed to join the Council when they came into office.

In June 2007, Canon Atwood was elected and confirmed as Suffragan Bishop for International Affairs in the All Saints Cathedral Diocese in Nairobi under Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi, Primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya. Bishops Bill Atwood and Bill Murdoch were consecrated in Nairobi in August 2007 by a dozen Archbishops/Primates and a host of other bishops. More Archbishops participated in the consecration service (to install new bishops) than any other in Anglican history.

Ekklesia member bishops oversee more than 40 million of the world's Anglicans in over thirty countries. Bishop Atwood has ministered extensively in Kenya and many other African nations. Ekklesia holds conferences for advancing the Christian faith and is involved in many development projects such as equipment and supplies for medical clinics, bicycles for clergy, radio stations, and many tons of grains for famine relief. Ekklesia has also provided commercial fishing boats in Central Africa and communications projects in many places. Their latest project involves purifying water for drinking and for sale by people in struggling areas.