Nick Baines (bishop)

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

Nick Baines
Bishop of Leeds
Official portrait of The Lord Bishop of Leeds crop 2, 2019.jpg
The Lord Bishop of Leeds, 2019
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Leeds
In office8 June 2014 – present
PredecessorNew see
Other post(s)area Bishop of Croydon (2003–2011)
Bishop of Bradford (2011–2014)
Acting Bishop of Leeds (22 April – 8 June 2014)
Ordination1987 (deacon)
by George Hacker
1988 (priest)
by David Halsey
Consecration8 May 2003
by Rowan Williams
Personal details
Born (1957-11-13) 13 November 1957 (age 64)
Liverpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
ResidenceHollin House, Far Headingley, Leeds
(m. 1980)
Professionformerly linguist
Alma materUniversity of Bradford
SignatureNick Baines's signature

Early lifeEdit

Baines was educated at the 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[2] prior to training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, where he gained a Bachelor of Arts honours degree {BA(Hons)} in theological studies.[3]

Ordained ministryEdit

Baines was made a deacon at Petertide 1987 (5 July) by George Hacker, Bishop of Penrith,[4] and ordained a priest the Petertide following (3 July 1988) by David Halsey, Bishop of Carlisle, both times at Carlisle Cathedral.[5] His first appointments were as assistant curate at St Thomas' Church, Kendal and St Catherine's Crook.[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 ministryEdit

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] In 2011 Baines said "Christians should learn from Muslims how to exist as a “minority” culture in British cities that are increasingly dominated by immigrant communities".[10]

On 29 May 2013, he consecrated Nick Dill as Bishop of Bermuda on behalf of Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.[11]

On 4 February 2014, it was announced that Baines would become the diocesan and area Bishop of Leeds[1] upon the confirmation of his election on 8 June;[12] he was acting diocesan and area bishop from 22 April 2014[13] (he was licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the Diocese of York to facilitate the acting role.)[14]

On 2014 he took his seat in the House of Lords as one of the Lords Spiritual.

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.

Personal lifeEdit

Baines married his wife, Linda, in 1980, and they have three children.

Selected worksEdit

  • Baines, Nick (1991). Hungry for Hope (1st ed.). London: Darton, Longman and Todd. ISBN 978-0232519235.
  • Baines, Nick (2004). Speedbumps and Potholes: Looking for Signs of God in the Everyday. Edinburgh: Saint Andrews Press. ISBN 978-0715208069.
    • Am Rande bemerkt (German edition)
  • Baines, Nick (2004). Jesus and People Like Us: The Transforming Power of Grace. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press. ISBN 978-0715208205.
  • Baines, Nick (2005). Marking Time: 47 Reflections on Mark's Gospel for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew. ISBN 978-0715208298.
  • Baines, Nick (2007). Hungry for Hope? (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Saint Andrews Press. ISBN 978-0715208441.
  • Baines, Nick (2008). Finding Faith: Stories of Music and Life: Getting in Tune with God. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew. ISBN 978-0715208687.
    • In hoechsten Toenen (German edition)
  • Baines, Nick (2008). Scandal of Grace: the danger of following Jesus. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press. ISBN 978-0715208663.
  • Baines, Nick (2009). Why Wish You a Merry Christmas?: What Matters (and What Doesn't) in the Festive Season. London: Church House Publishing. ISBN 978-0956282101.



  1. ^ a b Number 10 – Diocese of Leeds: the Right Reverend Nicholas Baines approved (Accessed 4 February 2014)
  2. ^ "Hungry for Hope". See extract at Church of Scotland bookshop Archived 2009-01-05 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c "New Bishop of Croydon". Diocese of Southwark. Archived from the original on 30 October 2004.
  4. ^ "Ordinations". Church Times (#6491). 10 July 1987. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 June 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ "Ordinations". Church Times (#6543). 8 July 1988. p. 13. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 June 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ "Nicholas Baines". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Baines, Nicholas". Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 10 June 2017. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  8. ^ Archbishop of York – New Bishop for Bradford Diocese (Accessed 11 April 2014)
  9. ^ "Enthronement of Bishop Nick". Diocese of Bradford. Archived from the original on 8 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Christians should learn from Muslims how to exist as a "minority" culture in British cities that are increasingly dominated by immigrant communities, a Church of England bishop has said". The Daily Telegraph. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  11. ^ Anglican Ink — Extra-Provincial Dioceses under the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Accessed 31 January 2016)
  12. ^ "Bishop of Bradford Announced as First Bishop of Leeds for the new Diocese". The Transformation Programme for The Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. Diocese of Leeds. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014.
  13. ^ "First new diocese for more than 85 years created on April 20". The Transformation Programme for The Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. Diocese of Leeds. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Yorkshire dioceses will celebrate Paschal rebirth". Church Times (#7883). 17 April 2014. p. 7. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Archdeacon of Lambeth
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Croydon
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Bradford
diocese dissolved
New title Bishop of Leeds
8 June 2014 – present
(Acting 22 April – 8 June 2014)

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