The Diocese of Oxford is divided into four smaller ‘episcopal Areas’, each overseen by their own Area Bishop. The new Bishop of Dorchester was announced on 24 November.

The 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 & Cuddesdon, Bicester & Islip, Chipping Norton, Deddington, Henley, Vale of White Horse,  WantageWallingfordWitney and Woodstock.

Mission Action Plan for the Dorchester Archdeaconry

The Venerable Gavin Collins

Bishop of Dorchester Designate

The Venerable Gavin Collins is to be the next Bishop of Dorchester.

Judy French

Archdeacon of Dorchester

The Bishop of Dorchester is supported by the Archdeacon of Dorchester, the Venerable Judy French. Other colleagues also provide specialist advice and support in the Area of Dorchester.

David Tyler

David Tyler

Associate Archdeacon of Dorchester

The Bishop and Archdeacon are both assisted by the Associate Archdeacon of Dorchester, Revd Canon David Tyler.

DeddingtonChipping NortonWitneyVale of White HorseAbingdonWoodstockBicester and IslipWantageWallingfordAston and CuddesdonHenley