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Ripon Cathedral is a lively regional hub, an extended community at home in an iconic building. People are drawn to it for many different reasons including faith, heritage and architecture, music and the arts and an opportunity to serve. It is a beacon of enduring hope in a constantly changing world.  

Clergy, staff and volunteers unite in serving the city, region, diocese, and the cathedral’s many thousands of visitors. 

Spirituality, faith and being at home in the Church 



The cathedral’s governing body is The Chapter. This is made up of the dean, who is its chair, the residentiary canons and capitular canons (non-executive members). 

Dean John Dobson

Dean John is a senior member of the clergy within the Diocese of Leeds. His role includes supporting the Bishop of Leeds in mission and leading the cathedral. He is the incumbent of the cathedral and chair of its governing body, the Chapter. 

Canon Michael Gisbourne

Canon Michael is the Cathedral Precentor and is responsible for the worship, music and liturgy across the whole cathedral. 

Canon Claire Renshaw

Canon Claire is the cathedral’s Canon Pastor, responsible for the pastoral care of the parish. 

Canon Matthew Pollard

Canon Matthew is the Canon Chancellor, overseeing the education opportunities, volunteering and rural ministry.



Amanda Anderson

Chief Operating Officer

Jo Bussey

Director of Development

Dr Ronny Krippner

Director of Music



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Mission and Values

Our vision is called ‘Growing God’s Kingdom.’ Inspired by Christ’s desire for everyone to enjoy life in its fulness, we seek to continue his work of changing the world into his kingdom. A mother church of the Diocese of Leeds, we are here for people of all faiths and none. Our strategic plan has five broad strands: 

  • Growing the worshipping community
  • Being a mother church for the Diocese of Leeds
  • Promoting, developing and conserving our spiritual and built heritage
  • Responding to human need in loving service
  • Carbon net zero – striving to safeguard the integrity of creation


Ripon Cathedral is committed to providing a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all, including children and adults who may be at risk of abuse or neglect. 

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in cathedral activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the cathedral community.

Environmental Sustainability

Ripon Cathedral holds the A Rocha Eco Church bronze award and is working towards silver.  A dedicated committee of the cathedral’s Chapter (board) works to improve the carbon footprint of the cathedral itself and other buildings within its estate. Ripon Cathedral also encourages its congregations to look at what they can do in their own homes. 

sustain the future life and mission of

Ripon Cathedral

The cathedral has stood for 1350+ years, symbolising the durability of the Christian Faith in the face of many changes across the centuries.

Enjoy supporting the life, music and fabric of Ripon Cathedral and you will be playing a vital part in the preservation and development of this wonderful building.




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    Dean John Writes

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    The 80th Anniversary of D-Day

  • May 20th, 2024

    Dean John visits affordable new Dales homes

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