Rev Lorraine Dobbins
I came to Christ Church in September 2019; I have been Ordained since 2001 and after completing a Curacy in Bournemouth I spent 15 years serving as Vicar at a Church in Weymouth, Dorset. I am Married to Paul and have three Children Evan, Cerys and Aled and a huge bouncy dog called Freda. I enjoy caravanning and camping with the family, dog walking, cycling, fishing, a good film and spending time with friends and exploring the beautiful county of Wiltshire.
I came to Christ Church in 2011 after spending 9 years as Curate/Associate Minister in Oxford Diocese in both an Anglican Church and an Anglican/Baptist Ecumenical Church, while working full-time as a senior manager for a governmental research organisation. I am involved with Eagle’s Wing’s Ministries supporting Christians in industry and training lay church leaders in Africa where for the last few years I have spent ~10 days each year. Also I am currently a part-time Visiting Professor at Cardiff University in the School of Engineering. I am married to Jean and we have two married daughters, four grandsons and a fifth grandchild expected in February. I enjoy travelling, spending time with the family and going to the gym. Jean says I haven’t got time to take up a hobby.
I am married to Mark and we have 4 children and 4 grandchildren plus another on the way! And we adore being grandparents.
We also have two golden retriever dogs – and recently had 12 puppies from one of them – such exciting times. No need for a television and the garage was turned into puppy playground world! I’m also a keen cyclist and love getting up to Salisbury Plain for a few hours on my bike.
My background is in education but then I felt called to ministry in the Church of England. I already had a theology degree so completed my ministerial training at Sarum College in Salisbury in 2020. Because of Covid-19 my ordination was postponed but I am looking forward to the new proposed date of Saturday 26th September- there will be more details about this nearer the time.
I love having time to meet with people, pray with them and worship together and Christ Church is so vibrant and Jesus centered it is wonderful to be working here and in the Warminster community.