Dorchester

Aerial view of the town of Abingdon in England, UKThe Dorchester episcopal area covers a great deal of Oxfordshire, apart from the City of Oxford. It extends from the Cotswolds in the west all the way down to Henley-on-Thames.

The deaneries in the Dorchester Area are AbingdonAston & CuddesdonBicester & IslipChipping NortonDeddingtonHenleyVale of White HorseWantageWallingfordWitney and Woodstock.

The Rt Revd Gavin Collins was consecrated as the Bishop of Dorchester at a special service at Lambeth Palace in April 2021.

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The Rt Revd Gavin Collins

Bishop of Dorchester

The Rt Revd Gavin Collins was consecrated as Bishop of Dorchester at a special service at Lambeth Palace in April 2021. Gavin was previously archdeacon of the Meon in the Diocese of Portsmouth. 

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David Tyler

Archdeacon of Dorchester

The Revd Canon David Tyler was a chartered accountant before ordination and became Associate Archdeacon of Dorchester in 2020. In January 2023 it was announced that David would be the next Archdeacon of Dorchester, following the retirement of the Ven Judy French in 2022.

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Toby Wright

Assistant Archdeacon of Dorchester

The Revd Canon Toby Wright is Rector of St Mary’s Church, Witney, and took up the post of assistant archdeacon to support the Revd Canon David Tyler in October 2022.

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Helen Kendrick

Assistant Archdeacon of Dorchester

The Revd Helen Kendrick is Rector of the Damascus Benefice and Area Dean of Abingdon. Helen took up the post of assistant archdeacon to support the Revd Canon David Tyler in October 2022.

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Contact the Area Office

Dorchester Area Office
c/o Church House Oxford
Langford Locks
Kidlington
Oxford
OX5 1GF

01865 208 200

Page last updated: Thursday 26th January 2023 1:52 PM

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