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Timothy John "Tim" Dakin (born 6 February 1958) is an Anglican bishop. He was the General Secretary of the Church Mission Society (CMS) and the South American Missionary Society (SAMS) prior to his consecration. He has been the Bishop of Winchester since 2011 and is ex officio a Member of the House of Lords. He is additionally the Bishop for Higher and Further Education since 2013.

Tim Dakin
Bishop of Winchester
The Rt Revd Tim Dakin.jpg
ChurchChurch of England
In office2011–present
PredecessorMichael Scott-Joynt
Other postsBishop for Higher and Further Education (2013–present)
General Secretary, CMS (2000–2011)
Ordination1993 (deacon)
1994 (priest)
Consecration25 January 2012
by Rowan Williams
Personal details
Born (1958-02-06) 6 February 1958 (age 61)
Kongwa, Tanganyika[1]
ResidenceWolvesey, Winchester
Alma materUniversity College of St Mark and St John
King's College London


Early life and educationEdit

Dakin was born in Kongwa, Tanganyika, (modern Tanzania)[1] where his parents were church missionaries working in Tanzania and Kenya. He attended kindergarten and primary school at St Mary's School, Nairobi, Kenya, but was otherwise educated in England. He studied theology and philosophy at University College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1986.[3][4] He the trained for ordination at King's College London, graduating with a Master of Theology (MTh) degree in 1987.[3]

Ordained ministryEdit

Dakin was ordained deacon in 1993 and priest in 1994. His first appointment was as Principal of the Church Army training college in Nairobi, during which time he was also an assistant curate at All Saints' Cathedral, Nairobi. He took up his appointment as General Secretary of the Church Mission Society (CMS) in 2000. During this time, he was also an honorary curate of St James the Great, Ruscombe in the Diocese of Oxford, Church of England.[3]

Episcopal ministryEdit

His appointment as Bishop of Winchester was announced on 6 September 2011[5] and he legally became bishop with the confirmation of his election on 20 December 2011,[6] ahead of his 25 January consecration by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral.[7] His installation at Winchester Cathedral was on 21 April and he was introduced in the House of Lords on 26 March.[8] After John Taylor in 1974, he was only the second priest to be consecrated directly to the See of Winchester since 1595. In May 2013, Dakin was additionally appointed the Bishop for Higher and Further Education, a national spokesperson role.[9]

As Bishop of Winchester, he is the visitor to five Oxford colleges including New College, Oxford, and St John's College, Oxford. He also holds ex officio the position of Prelate of the Order of the Garter.

In January 2014, it was announced that the Channel Islands would be temporarily removed[10] from the oversight of the Bishop of Winchester for the first time for 500 years, after relations between Dakin and the Dean of Jersey broke down over the handling of alleged abuse.[11]


Dakin is a committee member of the Evangelical Group of the General Synod of the Church of England.[12] In March 2014, the group sent an email to its members about the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, saying that the committee members believed that "appropriate sacramental discipline should apply to those who choose to enter into any sexual relationship other than within marriage between a man and a woman".[13]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Sally and they have two children.[2]


  • Tim Dakin (1958–1993)
  • The Reverend Tim Dakin (1993–2001)
  • The Reverend Canon Tim Dakin (2001–2012)[14]
  • The Right Reverend Tim Dakin (2012–present)
  • The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of Winchester (2012–present)


  1. ^ a b "Dakin, Timothy". Who's Who. 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 16 December 2015. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ a b c Number 10 – Diocese of Winchester
  3. ^ a b c "Timothy John Dakin". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Winchester, Bishop of, (Rt Rev. Timothy Dakin) (born 6 Feb. 1958)". Winchester, Bishop of: since 2011 (Rt Rev. Timothy Dakin). Who's Who 2018. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U256526.
  5. ^ name="no10"
  6. ^ Diocese of Winchester – Bishop election confirmed Archived 2013-07-17 at (Accessed 15 July 2013)
  7. ^ "Winchester-bound Tim Dakin consecrated as a bishop".
  8. ^ "Future Business", House of Lords Business, 21 March 2012.
  9. ^ Church of England Higher Education Bulletin – May 2013
  10. ^ See Bishops of Winchester and Diocese of Winchester
  11. ^ "Channel Island church in Winchester split". BBC News. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Evangelical Group of the General Synod website". Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Reactions to the House of Bishops statement – episode 9 – Thinking Anglicans". Thinking Anglicans. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  14. ^ Thinking Anglicans – Next Bishop of Winchester (Accessed 7 November 2015)
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
General Secretary of the Church Mission Society
Succeeded by
Philip Mounstephen
as Executive Leader
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael Scott-Joynt
Bishop of Winchester
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
Paul Butler
as Bishop of Durham
as Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Peter Forster
as Bishop of Chester