Gordon Bates

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Gordon Bates
Bishop of Whitby
Diocese Diocese of York
In office 1983–1999 (retired)
Predecessor Clifford Barker
Successor Robert Ladds
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in York (2010–present); in Carlisle and in Blackburn (1999–2010)
Ordination c. 1958 (deacon); c. 1959 (priest)
Consecration 1983
Personal details
Born (1934-03-16) 16 March 1934 (age 82)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Ernest & Kathleen
Spouse Betty Vaux (m. 1960)
Children 2 daughters
Profession Youth chaplain
Alma mater Kelham Theological College

Gordon Bates (born 16 March 1934) was the eighth Bishop of Whitby.[1]

Bates received his ecclesiastical education at Kelham Theological College, being ordained deacon in 1958 and priest 1959. After a Curacy at Eltham he served as a Youth Chaplain in, firstly, the Gloucester and then the Liverpool Dioceses. From 1965 he began a long association with Liverpool Cathedral, becoming in time a Canon Residentiary, Precentor and finally Director of Ordinands.[2] From 1983 he was a Suffragan Bishop,[3] a post he held for 16 years. He retired to Carnforth and is now an Honorary Assistant Bishop within the Carlisle Diocese.[4] Towards the end of his Episcopate he stated:

The Church has got to realise its missionary responsibilities. We live in a society, whether that be urban or rural, which is now basically second- or even third-generation pagan once again; and we cannot simply work on the premise that all we have to do to bring people to Christ is to ask them to remember their long-held, but dormant faith … in so many instances we have to go back to basics; we are in a critical missionary situation.

— CA News, April 1998[5]


  1. ^ The Times, Friday, 10 June 1983; p. 16; Issue 61555; col C New Bishop of Whitby
  2. ^ ‘BATES, Rt Rev. Gordon’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 8 July 2012
  3. ^ Crockfords, (London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  4. ^ Listed as such
  5. ^ Mission shaped church
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Clifford Barker
Bishop of Whitby
Succeeded by
Robert Ladds