John Dobson (49) who until recently was a vicar and Area Dean in the Diocese of Durham has become the Dean of Ripon at a service (Saturday June 14th, 2014) led by the Bishop of Knaresborough, the Rt Revd James Bell. He was welcomed to the city by a packed Cathedral including civic and community leaders, and clergy and lay people from across the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
The new Dean of Ripon, the Very Revd John Dobson, with the Bishop of Knaresborough, Rt Revd James Bell
The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, civic and community leaders as well as representatives of the armed forces swelled the large congregation which also included former parishioners and colleagues of the Very Revd John Dobson from the Diocese of Durham.
Picture: With the Very Revd John Dobson and Bishop James Bell are John’s family (his wife Nicola and his children James and Jessica) and Lord Crathorne, the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire