Julian Dobbs

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The Right Reverend
Julian Dobbs
Diocese of CANA East[1]
Bishop Julian Dobbs.jpg
Julian Dobbs
Church Anglican Church in North America/Church of Nigeria
In office 2011-present
Ordination 1991
Consecration September 25, 2011
by Archbishop Nicholas Okoh

Julian Dobbs is a New Zealand-born American Anglican bishop. He serves as a bishop for the Missionary Diocese of CANA East, a dual jurisdiction of the Church of Nigeria and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). Dobbs' ministry as a bishop includes overseeing congregations and clergy and teaching on Christian-Muslim relations. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 7 February 2014.

Early career[edit]

Dobbs was born and raised in New Zealand, where he married his wife, Brenda, and had three children. In 1991, he was ordained in the Anglican Church in New Zealand. He has an L.Th., Th.M. and a D. D. He planted three congregations, led the fastest-growing congregation in New Zealand and hosted a weekly hour-long television show in Nelson.[2]

In 2004, Dobbs became executive director at the Barnabas Fund, promoting awareness of the persecution of Christians around the world, particularly in Laos, Malaysia, Syria, Egypt and North Korea. In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami, Dobbs' relief work in Aceh, Indonesia was recognised by the New Zealand government with the New Zealand Special Service Medal.[3] In 2006, Dobbs and his family relocated to the Washington, D.C. area where he continued to work at the Barnabas Fund.


In 2008, Dobbs was appointed archdeacon and canon missioner in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, where he contributed to clergy development, worked to help North American Anglicans understand and the challenges posed by the rise of Islam in Africa, and develop a West African-American clergy and lay mission partnership.[3] To continue this work, he was elected a bishop by CANA and the Church of Nigeria in spring of 2011, and consecrated by Nicholas Okoh in Lagos on September 25, 2011.[4]

Dobbs has been active in opposing and publicizing the Boko Haram attacks on Christians in northern Nigeria and calling for international prayer and action.[5] In August 2012, Okoh visited Washington, D.C., and through Dobbs' connections met with policymakers and officials to promote action against the Muslim militants in the north.[6] He serves on ACNA's task force on Christian-Muslim relations.[2]

On May 7, 2013 in Wayne PA, Julian Dobbs became the first bishop of the newly formed Missionary Diocese of CANA East.[7] CANA East which includes almost 30 parishes and over 60 clergy, is one of the four newly formed diocese formed out of The Convocation of Anglicans in North America.[8]

Dobbs attended the GAFCON 2 meeting in Nairobi Kenya in 2013 and serves as a member of the International Board of Barnabas Fund, an organisation that supports suffering Christians.

In 2013 Dobbs wrote and open letter to the President of the United States calling for urgent intervention for persecuted Christians in Syria.

In January 2014 the Rt. Rev. Julian Dobbs was appointed as the Missionary Bishop of CANA by the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, Primate of all Nigeria. Bishop Dobbs will remain in his current role as Bishop of the CANA East Diocese while taking on the additional responsibilities of providing oversight and leadership to CANA’s overall ministry. Read the media release here.

Dobbs wrote his fist Pastoral Letter to CANA on January 24, 2014 it can be read here.


  1. ^ CANA East. http://canaeast.com/#/news-resources.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b "New Bishops Elected for North America". 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  3. ^ a b "CANA Welcomes Julian Dobbs as Canon Missioner". 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Julian Dobbs and Felix Orji Made CANA Bishops". 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  5. ^ Dobbs, Julian (2012-01-04). "Pray for Nigeria". Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  6. ^ "Archbishop Okoh to Visit the United States in August". 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  7. ^ Virtue Online. http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=17526#.UZWTyJXlnfh.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ http://canaeast.com/#/welcome/about-cana-east.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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