Nick Baines (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Nick Baines
Bishop of Leeds
A solemn-looking middle-aged white man (head and shoulders shown), in bishop's robes – a gold mitre and red cope with gold highlights, standing in front of the windows of a red brick building.
Baines as Bishop of Croydon in 2007
Diocese Diocese of Leeds
In office 8 June 2014–present
Predecessor New see
Other posts Archdeacon of Lambeth (2000–2003)
Area Bishop of Croydon (2003–2011)
Bishop of Bradford (2011–2014)
Honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of York (2014–present)[1]
Acting Bishop of Leeds (22 April–8 June 2014)[2]
Ordination 1987 (deacon)
1988 (priest)
Consecration 8 May 2003[3]
by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Personal details
Born (1957-11-13) 13 November 1957 (age 64)
Liverpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Linda (m. 1980)
Children Three
Profession formerly linguist
Alma mater University of Bradford

Nicholas "Nick" Baines (born 13 November 1957) is a British Anglican bishop. He has been the Bishop of Leeds since 8 June 2014.[4] He is a former Bishop of Bradford, the diocesan bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Bradford (from 1 April 2011 until 20 April 2014).

Early life

Baines was educated at Holt Comprehensive School, Liverpool, before gaining a Bachelor of Arts honours degree (BAHons) in German and French at the University of Bradford. He worked as a linguist at GCHQ for four years[5] prior to training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, where he gained a BA(Hons) in theological studies.[3]

Ordained ministry

Baines was ordained as a deacon in 1987 and a priest in 1988. His first appointments were as assistant curate at St Thomas' Church, Kendal and St Catherine's Crook[disambiguation needed].[6] He then moved to Leicester, becoming briefly associate minister of Holy Trinity, Leicester, and then Vicar of Rothley (1992-2000), during which time he was also chaplain to an adult mental health unit, before becoming Rural Dean of Goscote in 1995.[3] In 2000, Baines became the Archdeacon of Lambeth in the Diocese of Southwark.[7] He also oversaw the diocese's children and youth policies and was a member of the General Synod of the Church of England from 1995 until 2005.

Episcopal ministry

Baines was then appointed area Bishop of Croydon in 2003, succeeding Wilfred Wood. He was consecrated by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral and installed in Southwark Cathedral on 8 May 2003.[3]

The confirmation of Baines' election to the see of Bradford was on 1 April 2011[8] and he was enthroned at Bradford Cathedral on 21 May 2011.[9]

On 4 February 2014, it was announced that Baines would become the diocesan and area Bishop of Leeds[4] upon the confirmation of his election on 8 June;[10] he was acting diocesan and area bishop from 22 April 2014[2] (he was licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the Diocese of York to facilitate the acting role.)[1]

Baines is an experienced broadcaster, regularly appearing on Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2. While in Leicester he used to broadcast regularly on BBC Radio Leicester and Leicester Sound and twice received a commendation in the Andrew Cross Awards for religious broadcasting.

He has written six books: Hungry for Hope (1991, DLT), Speedbumps & Potholes (2004, St Andrew Press), Jesus & People Like Us (2004, St Andrew Press, later revised and republished in 2008 as Scandal of Grace), Marking Time (2005, St Andrew Press), Finding Faith (2008, St Andrew Press), Why Wish You a Merry Christmas (Church House Publishing 2009). Speedbumps & Potholes and Finding Faith have been translated into German (Am Rande bemerkt and In hoechsten Toenen, respectively).

Personal life

Baines married his wife, Linda, in 1980. They have three children; Richard (1981), Melanie (1984) and Andrew (1988).



  1. 1.0 1.1 [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Transformation Programme – First new diocese for more than 85 years created on April 20 (Accessed 19 April 2014)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Press Release — New Bishop of Croydon
  4. 4.0 4.1 Number 10 – Diocese of Leeds: the Right Reverend Nicholas Baines approved (Accessed 4 February 2014)
  5. "Hungry for Hope". See extract at Church of Scotland bookshop
  6. Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008-9, London, Church House, 2007 ISBN 978-0-7151-1029-4
  7. Who’s Who, 2007 London: A & C Black, 2006 ISBN 978-0-7136-7527-6
  8. Archbishop of York – New Bishop for Bradford Diocese (Accessed 11 April 2014)
  9. Bradford Diocese – Enthronement
  10. Diocese of Leeds – Bishop of Bradford Announced as First Bishop of Leeds for the new Diocese (Accessed 4 February 2014)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Dick Bird
Archdeacon of Lambeth
Succeeded by
Chris Skilton
Preceded by
Wilfred Wood
Bishop of Croydon
Succeeded by
Jonathan Clark
Preceded by
David James
Bishop of Bradford
diocese dissolved
New title Bishop of Leeds
8 June 2014–present
(Acting 22 April–8 June 2014)