Adrian Dorber was appointed by the Crown to the Deanery of Lichfield in September 2005; ordained as a priest in 1979 he served successively as curate and then incumbent in the Oxford Diocese, working in a New Town parish and later in Reading. He followed this with a nine-year spell in Higher Education as Chaplain and Lecturer at Portsmouth University, where he served as one of the University’s Public Orators. He also taught philosophy and ethics to the University’s Social Science students.
Pioneering a new role as Director of Ministries and Training in the Durham Diocese (from 1997-2005), he was responsible for training clergy and lay people and developing new partnerships between the Church in the North East and Universities and Colleges.
Currently he sits on the executive of the Association of English Cathedrals; he chaired the research group that produced the 2012 report ‘Spiritual Capital – the present and future of English Cathedrals’. He sits on the Board of the Lichfield Festival and has served as a Staffordshire University Governor and on Church bodies overseeing training for ministry. As senior priest in the Lichfield Diocese he is a member of the Bishop’s staff. He oversees the life and work of the Cathedral and its ministry to the region, its visitors and pilgrims, and to its many partner organisations. His academic interests are in Systematic Theology and Social Ethics. He is the father of five children (3 boys and 2 girls) whose ages range from 27-14. He enjoys gardening, modern fiction, drama and poetry, art and architecture; he appreciates trips to the opera and takes a keen interest in politics.
He has developed strong links and a keen interest with faith communities and humanitarian groups in Israel and Palestine and has led pilgrimages there.