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The Reverend Doctor Timothy W. Dols, Retired Episcopal Priest

Timothy Dols has been a Supply Priest in the Diocese of East Carolina, and here, at St. Philips since 2005. Tim began his higher education at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, earning his B.A. in Fine Arts in 1964. It would seem that 1964 would be a banner year for Tim; after graduating from college, just ten days prior to beginning his Seminary Studies, Tim married his lovely wife, Anne. In 1967 he graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary(Alexandria, VA) with a Master of Divinity and was ordained as Deacon, also becoming Curate (1967-1970) of St. Timothy’s Episcopal (Cantonville, MD). In June, 1968 Tim was ordained as an Episcopal priest, later becoming the Rector of Sherwood Episcopal Church (1970-1975), Cockeysville, MD. From 1975 until his retirement, Tim was the Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA. In 1985, Tim received his Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on Patristics from Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC). After retiring in 2001, Tim and Anne moved to Wilmington, where they had vacationed for many years at Wrightsville Beach. Tim and Anne have two sons. Further education and experience: • Student of Irena Belakova in Icon Writing 1993 – 2001 • Archeological Dig in Vani, former Soviet Georgia 1995 • Habitat for Humanity trip to Mexico with St. James Parish, 2004 • Class in Russian Icon Writing with Iconofile in Washington DC. 2005 • Class in Gilding with Iconofile in Annandale, Virginia. 2008
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Mrs. Jean Hobbs, Lay Minister

Mrs. Jean Hobbs (nee Bush) is one of St. Philip’s longest standing members, beginning her church attendance at the age of three. The daughter of one of its founders, her only absence in regular attendance was during the time of her husband Allen’s military service (USAF). Mrs. Hobbs began serving St. Philip’s as a lay minister sometime in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. At this time, lay ministers were traveling from Jacksonville to provide their assistance and on one Sunday, the assigned lay minister didn’t attend. Her desire to serve the church was clear when she stood up, and kept the service running smoothly, leading Morning Prayer from her pew. Mrs. Hobbs has been married for 61 years and is the proud mother of four, grandmother of nine and great grandmother of four.
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Mrs. Becky Hobbs, Pianist

Mrs. Becky Hobbs has been the pianist at St. Philip’s for nearly forty years! Beginning her service in 1960, she played for every Sunday service until 1975, at which time she stopped playing to help her husband, Liston, run the beach ice cream shop they operated. During those years, Mrs. Hobbs also helped to care for her ailing parents, returning to the church to continue playing in 1984 to 2002. Between the years of 2002 and 2006 Mrs. Hobbs cared for her husband. Until her fulltime return in 2011, Mrs. Hobbs played piano for the Catholic Church (Camp Lejeune) services which were held on Saturdays at St. Philip’s. Since 2011 Mrs. Hobbs has remained St. Philip’s full time pianist. Mrs. Hobbs was married to Liston for 52 years and has three children, five grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

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