Tim Dakin

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Tim Dakin
Bishop of Winchester
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Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Winchester
Elected 2011
Predecessor Michael Scott-Joynt
Other posts Bishop for Higher and Further Education
General Secretary, CMS
Ordination 1993 (deacon); 1994 (priest)
Consecration 25 January 2012
Personal details
Born (1958-02-06) 6 February 1958 (age 57)
East Africa
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Sally[1]
Children Anna and Johnny[1]
Occupation Missionary
Alma mater King's College London
Christ Church, Oxford

Timothy John "Tim" Dakin (born 6 February 1958) is an Anglican bishop. He was the General Secretary of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) and the South American Missionary Society (SAMS). He has been the Bishop of Winchester since 2011 and Bishop for Higher and Further Education since 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Timothy Dakin was born in East Africa, where his parents were church missionaries working in Tanzania and Kenya. He attended kindergarten and primary school at St. Mary's School, Nairobi, Kenya, but was otherwise educated in England, returning to work in East Africa as an adult. He is married to Sally and has two children, Anna and Johnny.[1]


Dakin studied for ordination at King's College London and was ordained deacon in 1993 and priest in 1994.[2] His first appointment was as Principal of the Church Army training college in Nairobi, during which time he was also an assistant curate at All Saints' Cathedral, Nairobi. He took up his appointment as General Secretary of CMS in 2000. His appointment as Bishop of Winchester was announced on 6 September 2011[1] and he took up the role in the first part of 2012,[3] around the time of his 25 January consecration at St Paul's Cathedral. His installation at Winchester Cathedral was on 21 April. He was introduced in the House of Lords on 26 March.[4] In May 2013, Dakin was additionally appointed the Bishop for Higher and Further Education, a national spokesperson role.[5]

As Bishop of Winchester, he is the visitor to five Oxford colleges including New College, Oxford and St John's College, Oxford. He also holds the position of prelate of the Order of the Garter.

In January 2014, it was announced that the Channel Islands would be removed from the oversight of the Bishop of Winchester for the first time for 500 years, after relations between Tim Dakin and the Dean of Jersey broke down over the handling of alleged abuse.[6]

He is a Committee member of the Evangelical Group of the General Synod.[7] In March 2014, it sent an email to its members about the introduction of same sex marriage in England and Wales, saying that the Committee members believed that "appropriate sacramental discipline should apply to those who choose to enter into any sexual relationship other than within marriage between a man and a woman".[8]


  • Mr Tim Dakin (1958-1993)
  • The Revd Tim Dakin (1993-2000)
  • The Revd Canon Tim Dakin (2000-2012)
  • The Rt Revd Tim Dakin (2012–present)
  • The Rt Revd The Lord Bishop of Winchester (2012–present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael Scott-Joynt
Bishop of Winchester
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
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Paul Butler

as Bishop of Durham
as Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
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Peter Forster

as Bishop of Chester