Joy and Stephen Straits
Joy and Stephen Straits
Stephen Straits and Dr. Joy Dodd were united in marriage at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11, 2018, at Hawkshead Parish Church in the Lake District, Hawkshead, England.

Kent Denlinger of Winona Lake officiated the ceremony.

Matron of honor was Beth Roberts, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Charlotte Baker, Jade Beakhouse, Lydia Ganta, Lydia Newell, Anna Ray, Aimee Robinson and Emma Sutcliffe.

Best man was Ethan Koshnick. Groomsmen were Landan Epp, Danny Fabiano, Seth Hart, Chad Ibach and Nathan Uttangi.

Flower girl was Shona Dodd, niece of the bride. Page boy was Jack Dodd, nephew of the bride.

The reception for 135 people was held in a large marquee at Coniston Sports and Social Centre in Coniston, England. Friend-ships forged over many years in the Lake District and through study and travel abroad for the bride and groom resulted in a gathering of people from the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

The bride is the daughter of the Revs. Andrew and Kath Dodd, Hawkshead.

She graduated from John Ruskin at Coniston and Lakes School at Troutbeck Bridge, England. She qualified as a doctor at Leeds University in Leeds, England, and began her two years of foundation training there. She took a year out in 2017 to attend Regent College, a graduate school of theology in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she and Stephen met.

She is finishing her specialty training residency for family medicine/general practitioner in Liverpool, England.

The groom is the son of Gregg and Sandra Straits, Winona Lake.

He graduated from Warsaw Community High School in 2010. He attended Taylor University in Upland and  received his bachelor's degree in engineering in 2014. He attended Regent College and received a Master of Arts in theological studies in 2018.

He is pursuing chaplaincy work in Liverpool.

Following a wedding trip to Lake Garda in Italy, the couple are at home in Liverpool.