John Baker (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
John Baker
Bishop of Salisbury
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Salisbury
In office 1982–1993
Predecessor George Reindorp
Successor David Stancliffe
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Winchester (1994–2014)[1]
Ordination c. 1954 (deacon); 1955 (priest)
Consecration 1982
Personal details
Born (1928-01-11)11 January 1928[1]
Died 4 June 2014(2014-06-04) (aged 86)[1]
Denomination Anglican
Parents George and Grace Austin Baker[1]
Spouse Gillian Leach (m. 1974)[1]
Profession Author (theology & church)
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford[1]

John Austin Baker (11 January 1928 – 4 June 2014) was a Church of England bishop, Bishop of Salisbury from 1982 until his retirement in 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.[1] He was educated at Marlborough College and Oriel College, Oxford.[4] He was awarded the degrees Oxford Master of Arts (MA Oxon) and Master of Letters (MLitt).

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 and also for some years chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons.[4]

A keen musician,[5] Baker was a prominent author.[6] In retirement he continued to serve as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Winchester.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "The Rt Rev John Baker - obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 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. ^ a b Who's Who 2008, London, A & C Black, ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  5. ^ Debrett's People of Today London,2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
  6. ^ 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