Jonathan Baker (bishop)

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Jonathan Baker
Bishop of Fulham
Diocese Diocese of London (plus Southwark and Rochester)
Predecessor Vacant
Other posts Bishop of Ebbsfleet (2011–2013)
Principal of Pusey House (2003–2013)
Ordination 1993 (deacon); 1994 (priest)
Consecration 16 June 2011[1]
Personal details
Born (1966-10-06) 6 October 1966 (age 48)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford

Jonathan Mark Richard Baker, SSC (born 6 October 1966[2]) is a bishop of the Church of England.[3][4] He is currently the Bishop of Fulham and the former Bishop of Ebbsfleet.


Baker studied for ordination at St Stephen's House, Oxford[5] and was an assistant curate at All Saints' Ascot Heath from 1993 to 1996.[6] He was then priest in charge of St Mark’s Reading[7] and Vicar of Holy Trinity, Reading.[8] In 2003, he became Principal of Pusey House.[9]

Baker was consecrated as a bishop at Southwark Cathedral on 16 June 2011.[1] His appointment as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bath and Wells (an honorary role which facilitates his oversight of parishes in that diocese) was announced in September 2011.[10] He was legally translated to that see on 13 February 2013, began his episcopal oversight on 15 April and was installed in St Paul's Cathedral on 23 April (St George's Day).

Forward in Faith[edit]

From 2010 to 2014, Baker was the chairman of Forward in Faith, an Anglican movement that opposes the ordination of women and the liberalising of Church attitudes to homosexuality.[11] In 2014, he announced that he would not stand for re-election as chairman of Forward in Faith UK.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Baker is the son of Sir John William Baker and was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood and St John's College, Oxford.[13]

Baker was previously a Freemason. While a student at Oxford University, he joined the Apollo University Lodge. It is a masonic lodge associated with the university. He held the senior position of Assistant Grand Chaplain. After twenty years membership, he left the organisation upon being appointed a bishop.[14]

In a letter dated 22 October 2014, Baker wrote to his clergy informing them that he has been given permission by the Bishop of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury to remarry following his divorce to his wife.[15]

Until 2010, Church of England clergy who had been divorced and remarried could not become bishops. The American religion commentator George Conger wrote, "They [traditionalist clergy] are at a loss to understand how the bishop dedicated to providing pastoral support for traditionalists can himself adopt a stance at odds with the position of most traditionalists - and at odds with the public position taken by Forward in Faith on divorce and remarriage."[16]


  1. ^ a b Richborough Episcopal Area – New Bishop Consecrated
  2. ^ Who's Who 2012 – Ebbsfleet, Bishop Suffragan of
  3. ^ The Anglo Catholic
  4. ^ St Cross College
  5. ^ Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  6. ^ All Saints' Church website
  7. ^ Bench Marks website
  8. ^ Church blog
  9. ^ Pusey House website
  10. ^ Church Times #7749, 23 September 2011 – Appointments, p. 26
  11. ^ "Executive Committee". About Us. Forward in Faith. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Anglican Mainstream website.
  13. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  14. ^ Wynne-Jones, Jonathan (14 May 2011). "Archbishop allows freemason to be bishop". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Anglican Ink website.
  16. ^ Christian Today website.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Andrew Burnham
Bishop of Ebbsfleet
Jonathan Goodall
Title last held by
John Broadhurst
Bishop of Fulham