Paul Bayes

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The Right Reverend
Paul Bayes
Bishop of Liverpool
Diocese Diocese of Liverpool
In office 2014–present
Predecessor James Jones
Other posts Bishop of Hertford (2010–2014)
Ordination 1979[1]
Consecration 21 September 2010
Personal details
Born (1953-11-02) 2 November 1953 (age 63)
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Kate
Children Three adult children
Alma mater University of Birmingham

Paul Bayes (born 2 November 1953) is a British Anglican bishop. He is the current Bishop of Liverpool[2] and a former Bishop of Hertford in the Church of England Diocese of St Albans.[3]

Early life[edit]

Bayes was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire on 2 November 1953.[4] He studied drama at the University of Birmingham[3] before studying for ordination at Queen's College, Edgbaston.[1]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Bayes was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1979 and as a priest in 1980.[5] He was an assistant curate at St Paul's Church, Whitley Bay for three years (1979–1982). He then became a university chaplain in west London from 1982 to 1987.[3]

Bayes moved to High Wycombe for seven years — initially as Team Vicar (1987–1990) and then Team Rector (1990–1994) before becoming Team Rector of Totton for nine years (1995–2004). While he was at Totton, Bayes was also the Area Dean of Lyndhurst from 2000. Upon leaving Totton, he joined the Archbishops' Council staff team as National Mission and Evangelism Adviser until his ordination to the episcopacy. He was also an honorary canon at Worcester Cathedral from 2007 until his consecration.[3]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

On 7 July 2010,[3] it was announced that Bayes would succeed Christopher Foster as Bishop of Hertford upon Foster's translation to Portsmouth.[1] Bayes was duly consecrated a Church of England bishop on 21 September 2010 at St Paul's Cathedral[6] and installed at St Albans Cathedral on 25 September 2010.[7]

On 7 May 2014 it was announced that Bayes was to become the next (8th) Bishop of Liverpool; his canonical election was confirmed on 23 July 2014.[2] Bayes was installed at Liverpool Cathedral on 15 November 2014.


Bayes belongs to the Evangelical wing of the Church of England.[8]

In June 2016, Bayes "called for far-reaching change in the church's attitudes to lesbian and gay people and a meaningful welcome to Christians in same-sex relationships".[8] He supports the dropping the requirement for gay Christians to be celibate, saying "I've learned to respect the experiences of people who want to celebrate and express their sexuality, and be within the church".[8] He contributed a chapter to the book Journeys in Grace and Truth: Revisiting Scripture and Sexuality (2016), which aims to show how it is "possible to hold a positive view of same-sex relationships while being a biblically rooted evangelical".[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Bayes is married to Kate, a drama teacher and lay reader. They have three adult children: Honour, Sam and Philippa.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d Diocese of St Albans — New Bishop of Hertford
  2. ^ a b Diocese of Liverpool – The next Bishop of Liverpool is to be the Right Revd Paul Bayes (Accessed 7 May 2014)
  3. ^ a b c d e Number 10 — Suffragan See of Hertford
  4. ^ Who's Who 2012 – Hertford, Bishop Suffragan of
  5. ^ "Paul Bayes". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 15 November 2016.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ BBC News — New Hertford Bishop
  7. ^ Herts Advertiser — New Bishop of Hertford is announced
  8. ^ a b c Sherwood, Harriet (16 June 2016). "Senior bishop calls for change in C of E attitudes to gay people". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Ozanne, Jayne, ed. (2016). Journeys in Grace and Truth: Revisiting Scripture and Sexuality. London: Ekklesia. ISBN 978-0993294242. 
  10. ^ "Journeys in Grace and Truth". Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Christopher Foster
Bishop of Hertford
Michael Beasley
Preceded by
James Jones
Bishop of Liverpool