Michael Baughen

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Michael Baughen
Bishop of Chester
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Chester
Term ended1996 (retirement)
PredecessorVictor Whitsey
SuccessorPeter Forster
Personal details
Born (1930-06-07) 7 June 1930 (age 89)
OccupationBishop, hymnist

Michael Alfred Baughen (born 7 June 1930)[1] is a retired Anglican bishop.

Born in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, he was educated at Bromley County Grammar School, the University of London and Oak Hill Theological College.

After ordination he served as Rector of Holy Trinity Church in Platt Lane, Rusholme, Manchester and All Souls, Langham Place in London before tenure as the 39th Bishop of Chester between 1982 and 1996. Following his retirement, he worked as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of London and in the Diocese of Southwark.

Baughen is also noted for his contribution to hymnody. He is particularly known for his tune "Lord for the Years" for Timothy Dudley-Smith's hymn of the same name. He is also well known as editor of and writer and composer for Youth Praise (Book 1, 1964, and Book 2, 1969) and Psalm Praise (1973), and for Hymns for Today's Church (Jubilate Hymns, 1982), for which he was consultant editor and contributor, and as Editorial Chairman of Sing Glory (2000).


  1. ^ "Baughen, Michael Alfred". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2013 (December 2012 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 29 August 2013. (subscription or UK public library membership required)

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Business positions
New title Chairman of the Jubilate Group
Succeeded by
Michael Saward
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Victor Whitsey
Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
Peter Forster