William C. Wantland
|The Right Reverend
William C. Wantland
|Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (ACNA)|
|Church||Anglican Church in North America|
|Other posts||Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire|
by Robert Duncan
|Born||14 April 1939
Prior to becoming a member of the clergy, Wantland was a practicing attorney. He served as municipal judge of Seminole, Oklahoma and on the Seminole City Council. He also served as vice-mayor of Seminole. Upon the advice of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, Wantland became a worker-priest at his local church. He later became a full-time priest.
Wantland became Bishop of the Diocese of Eau Claire in 1980. During that time, he was honored by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. He was embraced as one their own and was given the name 'Manido Nigani', meaning "He who stands forth in the Spirit", referencing his position as an Episcopal bishop.
After retiring from the Diocese of Eau Claire in 1999, Wantland helped to form the Anglican Church in North America. He was a founding member of the ACNA House of Bishops and helped write the ACNA Constitution and Canons. Wantland also serves as Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. He became the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Seminole Nation in 2011.
- Seminole High School - Seminole, Oklahoma
- Seminole State College
- University of Oklahoma
- George Washington University
- University of Hawaii
- Oklahoma City University
- Oklahoma City University School of Law
- Geneva-St. Alban's Theological College
- Canterbury Christ Church University
- University of Cambridge
- St. Deiniol's Library, now Gladstone's Library
- College of Preachers
Charles W. Wantland, Wantland's grandfather
- The Gamma-Kappa Fraternity-The University of Oklahoma-Bill Wantland '53
- "Seminole Nation, OK: Anglican Bishop Becomes First Chief Justice of the Seminole Nation Supreme Court". Virtue Online.org. Retrieved 2012-01-23.
- "The Bishop and His Staff". The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Retrieved 2012-01-23.