Bishop Julian Dobbs, his wife Brenda, and their three children are natives of New Zealand and have resided in Virginia since 2006. He was ordained in 1991 and went on to plant three congregations and served as the rector of the fastest growing congregation in New Zealand. Amongst his public outreach ministries in that country, he hosted a weekly 60-minute television program.
From 2004 to 2008, Dobbs served as the Executive Director of the Barnabas Fund both in New Zealand and in the US. While serving the Barnabas Fund he worked in six continents to minister to persecuted Christians and to bring relief in times of natural disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami when he ministered in Aceh, Indonesia. He is frequently invited to speak nationally and internationally; drawing attention to such matters as religious persecution, the sanctity of life, human trafficking, and Christian/Muslim relations.
Elected and consecrated as a bishop in the Church of Nigeria in 2011, he currently assists CANA’s episcopate with pastoral concerns and congregational development, and oversees CANA’s operations at the McLean office.
Within the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), Bishop Dobbs is a member of the Archbishop Duncan’s Cabinet for both provincial and global concerns: he is the Chair of the Task Force on Islam, is a member of the Governance Task Force, and served on the Archbishop’s Executive Committee until 2013.
As Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of CANA East, Dobbs leads clergy and congregations primarily in the eastern United States. He is passionate about the saving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is committed to empowering congregations, supporting clergy, transforming injustice, inspiring local and global mission, and planting churches.