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Get to know Revd Philip Dorling


Born in 1969, in Vancouver Canada, I have just turned 50 this year! Looking back on my life, I am able to give thanks for an upbringing in Canada, England and Kenya. It was filled with beautiful places, good times as well as hard ones – all undergirded by a loving family who knew the Lord in the gentle way that many Anglican Christians do.

At the age of 18, I set out for university in Edinburgh, to learn to be a forester, and to lose myself for the next  ten years in free time spent travelling all over the place, as well as climbing mountains in Europe, Mexico, and the Rockies. This time came to a close with a trip to the Himalayas which turned out to be life changing. To my total surprise, I returned from Nepal having experienced the saving power of Christ. What I also knew, was that there was now a call on my life.

Back in England, it wasn’t long before I found myself in church in Oxford, touched by the Holy Spirit in ways no one had ever told me about before. By 2001 I married Jacquie and in 2005, now with our two young children Freddy and Grace, we moved to Ulverston, where I had the privilege of serving my curacy.

Following this, in 2009, we returned to Africa, where Jacquie and I were involved with leading an Anglican church in the KZN town of Vryheid for three years. In 2012, we returned to Cumbria where until September 2019 we have worked amongst the people of 7 rural North Cumbrian Parishes.

After some time spent with Jacqui in the Scargill community I am now Rector of the Seatallan Benefice of Churches in West Cumbria, and the Mission Community Leader for the South Calder Mission Community. It is with great excitement that I have offered to become a ReSource Minister. 

Latest News & Prayers from Revd Philip


Following the Great Storm

8 months ago

In this week’s blog Philip Dorling, ReSource Minister, draws on his experience as a professional forester to reflect on Isaiah 6; life in the wind-blow after the pandemic; and the new trees growing wh...

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Into the Wilderness

1 year ago

"God’s people find themselves in wilderness situations when the world around them is struggling to find its bearings both ethically and economically" says ReSource Minister Philip Dorling in this week...

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