FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2008
HERNDON, Va. (December 9, 2008) – The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) has appointed the Rev’d Canon Julian Dobbs to the position of Canon Missioner.
In this position, Mr. Dobbs will work to establish a CANA Clergy Deployment Office, help Anglicans in North America to understand and engage with the challenges posed by the rise of Islam, and develop a mission partnership with West Africa for the development of Anglican clergy and lay leaders.
“We are excited that Julian has accepted this position and we believe that his talents and dedication to preaching and teaching the Gospel will advance the Kingdom of Christ . The job description of Canon Missioner is largely shaped by the gifts and experiences that the individual brings to the position and what the needs of the church body are. Julian is well suited to assist CANA and the recently announced Anglican Church of North America,” said CANA Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns.
An ordained Anglican priest, Mr. Dobbs was most recently the U.S. executive director for the Barnabas Fund, at which he developed awareness for the persecuted church and this growing ministry across the U.S. He has traveled internationally and ministered with the Suffering Church across six continents including; Laos , Malaysia , Syria , Egypt , and North Korea . Following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Julian’s work in Aceh , Indonesia was recognized by the New Zealand Government who awarded him with the New Zealand Special Services Medal. Julian presented a weekly 60 minute Christian television programme for nine years in Nelson , New Zealand .
“I am glad to join CANA at this critical juncture in the history of the Anglican Communion. As Christians, we face many challenges towards spreading the Gospel, and I am dedicated to finding ways to meet these challenges. One way to do this is to find and develop clergy who will stand for Biblical truth. Anglican Christians have great opportunities to spread the Gospel and CANA is leading the way,” said Mr. Dobbs.CANA website