The new Dean of Ripon – the Very Rev John Dobson – has been installed in the post in a special ceremony at the city’s cathedral.
The Dean, 49, who until recently was a vicar and Area Dean in the Diocese of Durham, was welcomed to the city by a packed cathedral on Saturday where the congregation watched the service led by the Bishop of Knaresborough, the Rt Rev James Bell.
The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne, civic and community leaders as well as representatives of the Armed Forces swelled the large congregation which also included former parishioners and the Dean’s former colleagues from the Diocese of Durham.
The Very Rev Dobson is married to Nicola, a headteacher, and the couple have two children – James and Jessica.
He read theology at Durham University then trained for ordained ministry in the church at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Until now he has served entirely within the Diocese of Durham, first as a curate at Benfieldside, then Darlington.
The new Dean was chosen in March to succeed the Very Rev Keith Jukes, who died suddenly at the age of 59 in May last year.