The Very Reverend John Dobson was appointed Dean of
Ripon in June 2014 following 25 years of ministry in the Diocese of Durham serving
as a parish priest, Area Dean, Chair of the House of Clergy, member of The
Board of Finance, Diocesan Synod and many other diocesan committees.
has much experience in growing congregations and building developments,
community development and partnership working with all sectors.
delighted to be ministering in his native Yorkshire at a Cathedral that has
been important to him since childhood and in the new Diocese of Leeds where
imaginative ways of ministering are being explored. While at Ripon, he
has led the Cathedral community in an envisioning process that has resulted in
establishing the strategy ‘Growing God’s Kingdom’. This is shaping the
growing and nurturing of the congregation, the development of the Cathedral as
a centre of heritage, pilgrimage and tourism and the mission extended through
the Cathedral to the people and communities of the region.
He is married
to Nicola who is head teacher of a Church school in North Yorkshire and they have two children studying at university.