John Baker (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
John Baker
MLitt MA(Oxon)
Bishop of Salisbury
Diocese Diocese of Salisbury
In office 1982–1993
Predecessor George Reindorp
Successor David Stancliffe
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Winchester (1994–2014)
Ordination c. 1954 (deacon); 1955 (priest)
Consecration 1982
Personal details
Born (1928-01-11)11 January 1928
Died 4 June 2014(2014-06-04) (aged 86)
Denomination Anglican
Parents George & Grace
Spouse Gillian Leach MBE (m. 1974)
Profession Author (theology & church)
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford

John Austin Baker (11 January 1928 - 4 June 2014)[1] was the Bishop of Salisbury in the Church of England from 1982 until 1993.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was the only child born to George Austin Baker and his wife Grace Baker.[3] Though his father was a company secretary, three uncles and an aunt had taken holy orders.[4] He was educated at Marlborough College and Oriel College, Oxford.[5]

Religious life[edit]

Ordained in 1955, he began his ministry with curacies at All Saint's Cuddesdon and St Anselm's Hatch End, after which he was a fellow and lecturer at Corpus Christi College, Oxford until 1973. From then until his ordination to the episcopate he was a residential canon at Westminster Abbey.[6]

A keen musician,[7] Baker was a prominent author.[8] In retirement he continued to serve as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Winchester.


  1. ^ The Rt Rev John Baker - obituary
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  3. ^ "The Right Rev John Austin Baker". The Times. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Rt Rev John Baker - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Who's Who 2008, London, A & C Black, ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  6. ^ Additionally, he was chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons Who's Who (ibid)
  7. ^ Debrett's People of Today London,2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  8. ^ Amongst others he wrote The Foolishness of God (1970); Prophecy in the Church (1976); and The Whole Family of God (1981), British Library Catalogue accessed 27 August 2008 17:54
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Reindorp
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
David Stancliffe