The current bishop is the Rt Revd David Hawkins, former Rector of St George's Church in Leeds. He was consecrated as a bishop on 17 October 2002 and began his public ministry as the Bishop of Barking in January 2003.
The Barking area comprises the east London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, together with the Epping Forest and Harlow districts of west Essex. The population is 1.3 million and includes a wide mix of ethnicity and culture. The area comprises 166 churches, 60 of which are set in urban priority area parishes. The Barking area also includes the main site for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Initially, the see was suffragan to the Bishop of St Albans – the Diocese of Chelmsford was not created until 1914. The bishops suffragan of Barking have been area bishops since the Chelmsford area scheme was erected in 1983.