Nick Baines (bishop)
|The Rt Revd
|Bishop of Leeds (diocesan and area bishop)|
Baines as Bishop of Croydon in 2007
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of Leeds|
|Elected||8 June 2014 (confirmation)|
|In office||Since 8 June 2014|
|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)
Acting Bishop of Leeds (22 April–8 June 2014)
|Consecration||8 May 2003|
13 November 1957 |
Liverpool, United Kingdom
|Children||Richard (b. 1981)
Melanie (b. 1984)
Andrew (b. 1988)
|Alma mater||University of Bradford|
Nicholas "Nick" Baines (born 13 November 1957, Liverpool) has been the Bishop of Leeds since 8 June 2014. He is a former Bishop of Bradford, the diocesan bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Bradford (from 1 April 2011 until 20 April 2014).
Baines was educated at Holt Comprehensive School, Liverpool, before gaining a BA(Hons) degree in German and French at the University of Bradford. He worked as a linguist at GCHQ for four years prior to training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, where he gained a BA(Hons) in theological studies.
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. 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. In 2000, Baines became the Archdeacon of Lambeth in the Diocese of Southwark. 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. Baines was then appointed area Bishop of Croydon in 2003, succeeding Wilfred Wood. He was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's Cathedral and installed in Southwark Cathedral on 8 May 2003.
On 4 February 2014, it was announced that Baines would become the diocesan and area Bishop of Leeds upon the confirmation of his election on 8 June; he was acting diocesan and area bishop from 22 April 2014 (he was licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the Diocese of York to facilitate the acting role.)
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).
Baines married his wife, Linda, in 1980. They have three children; Richard (1981), Melanie (1984) and Andrew (1988).
- Nick Baines Esq (1957–1987)
- The Revd Nick Baines (1987–2000)
- The Ven Nick Baines (2000–2003)
- The Rt Revd Nick Baines (2003–present)
- Diocese of Leeds – Bishop of Bradford Announced as First Bishop of Leeds for the new Diocese (Accessed 4 February 2014)
- The Transformation Programme – First new diocese for more than 85 years created on April 20 (Accessed 19 April 2014)
- Press Release — New Bishop of Croydon
- Number 10 – Diocese of Leeds: the Right Reverend Nicholas Baines approved (Accessed 4 February 2014)
- "Hungry for Hope". See extract at Church of Scotland bookshop
- Crockford’s Clerical Directory 2008-9, London, Church House, 2007 ISBN 978-0-7151-1029-4
- Who’s Who, 2007 London: A & C Black, 2006 ISBN 978-0-7136-7527-6
- Archbishop of York – New Bishop for Bradford Diocese (Accessed 11 April 2014)
- Bradford Diocese – Enthronement
|Church of England titles|
|Archdeacon of Lambeth
|Bishop of Croydon
|Bishop of Bradford
|New title||Bishop of Leeds
8 June 2014–present
(Acting 22 April–8 June 2014)