As a native New Englander, Rick brings a diverse background to his ministry.
Rick received his BA from Saint Anselm College where he studied philosophy and classics. He also received an MA in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. Following college, Rick worked as a college minister with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. In recent years, he has taught rhetoric & logic at a classical Christian school, theology at a Bible college and philosophy & ethics for three Maine Community Colleges and for Southern New Hampshire University. Rick is also an honorably discharged former infantry sergeant (Army), and has worked as a military and security contractor for both the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. Currently Rick also serves as Chaplain for American Legion Post 86 in Gray, ME and his door is always open to former and current members of the military who just need another veteran to talk to.
Rick and his wife Elaine are committed home-schoolers and are blessed by God with three wonderful children. His favorite activities include making his kids laugh, conversation & coffee with friends, and hunting.
"I can hardly recollect a single plan of mine, of which I have not since seen reason to be satisfied, that had it taken place in season and circumstance just as I proposed, it would, humanly speaking, have proved my ruin; or at least it would have deprived me of the greater good the Lord had designed for me. We judge of things by their present appearances, but the Lord sees them in their consequences, if we could do so likewise we should be perfectly of His mind; but as we cannot, it is an unspeakable mercy that He will manage for us, whether we are pleased with His management or not; and it is spoken of as one of his heaviest judgments, when He gives any person or people up to the way of their own hearts, and to walk after their own counsels."
Anglican Minister, Hymn-writer, Abolitionist
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.
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.
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.
"Anglicans profess the faith that is uniquely revealed in the Bible and set forth in the Catholic Creeds. Anglicans also bear witness to Christian truth in historic texts that were developed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, the Book of Common Prayer and the Ordinal. When these fundamental beliefs and foundations are revised and under assault, the Church must respond. So called ‘violations of Anglican polity’ must never be our priority, however when the gospel message of our Lord Jesus Christ is assaulted, Biblical theology must always trump organizational unity. Our priority must always be Christ and the gospel ‘once for all entrusted to the saints.’ It was Hugh Latimer, one of the three Oxford Anglican martyrs who said... “Unity must be according to God’s holy word… we ought never to regard unity so much that we forsake God’s word for her sake.” "
- Bishop Julian Dobbs,
Pastoral Address to the CANA Council 2015