The Diocese of Oxford is divided into four smaller ‘episcopal areas’, each overseen by their own Area Bishop. The Rt Revd Gavin Collins was consecrated as the Bishop of Dorchester at a special service at Lambeth Palace in April 2021.

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 Rt Revd Gavin Collins

Bishop of Dorchester

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

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