New Bishop for Bradford Diocese
Friday 1st April 2011On Friday 1 April, the Rt Revd Nick Baines will officially become the 10th Bishop of Bradford during a ceremony in York Minster.
Bishop Nick Baines, who has been Area Bishop of Croydon (in the Southwark Diocese) since 2003, is returning to the city in which he graduated in 1980.
He says, "I came to love Bradford when I studied modern languages at the university and I'm delighted to be coming back to serve the churches and the communities here. Having now finished my ministry in the Diocese of Southwark, I can fully turn my attention to Bradford and I'm really looking forward to getting to know what is a very diverse diocese, and to officially taking up my duties after the enthronement on 21 May."
During what is essentially a legal ceremony, the new Bishop's election will be confirmed and the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will give him his Mission Charge – the authority to continue the mission entrusted to the Church in the Diocese of Bradford. He will enter the Minster as Bishop of Croydon and leave as Bishop of Bradford.
Bishop Nick will pay homage to the Queen on 10 May and the enthronement, when he is formally welcomed into the diocese, will take place on Saturday 21 May at 2.30pm in Bradford Cathedral where, along with national, regional and local guests, every parish will be represented.
Described by the former Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Tom Butler, as "one of the most able and energetic bishops in the Church of England", Nick Baines is particularly known for his media expertise - he's an experienced broadcaster (frequently heard on the Chris Evans show on Radio 2) and he blogs and tweets almost daily. He says,"There's a single public narrative out there that says that 'church' means 'empty pews' and it needs to be challenged by people like me, not whinged about. That's partly why I blog, because you can confront some of these things. And it also enables me to engage with the world outside the Church and it gives people access to a bishop who might otherwise seem to belong to a remote and mysterious world."
He adds, "The next few years will bring great challenges: economically, politically and culturally. I hope to encourage confidence in the Christian Church, the unique and particular role of the Church of England and the development of sensitive ministry and outreach. The task of communicating and living the Good News is great – but so are the opportunities."
Friday's Confirmation of Election service will begin at 6.30pm, following Choral Evensong at 5.15pm.
Nick Baines, who is 53, was Bishop of Croydon for eight years and before that was Archdeacon of Lambeth. He is the English Co-chair of the Meissen Commission (Church of England relations with the Evangelical Church in Germany) and is a member of the House of Bishops' Europe Panel. He has significant experience working with other faith leaders and represents the Archbishop of Canterbury at various international interfaith initiatives.
He graduated from Bradford University in 1980 with a degree in French and German. After four years as a Russian linguist at GCHQ, he trained for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol and then gained wide parish experience.
Nick is married to Linda (a health visitor and artist) and they have three adult children: Richard, Melanie and Andrew, and one grandchild.