Tim Dakin

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The Right Reverend
Tim Dakin
Bishop of Winchester
The Rt Revd Tim Dakin.jpg
Church Church of England
Diocese Winchester
In office 2011–present
Predecessor Michael Scott-Joynt
Other posts Bishop for Higher and Further Education (2013–present)
General Secretary, CMS (2000–2011)
Ordination 1993 (deacon)
1994 (priest)
Consecration 25 January 2012
by Justin Welby
Personal details
Born (1958-02-06) 6 February 1958 (age 60)
Kongwa, Tanganyika[1]
Denomination Anglican
Residence Wolvesey, Winchester
Spouse Sally[2]
Children two[2]
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 Mission Society (CMS) and the South American Missionary Society (SAMS) prior to his Consecration. He has been the Bishop of Winchester since 2011 and is ex officio a Member of the House of Lords. He is additionally the Bishop for Higher and Further Education since 2013.

Personal life

Timothy Dakin was born in Kongwa, Tanganyika, (modern Tanzania)[1] 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 they have two children.[2]


Dakin studied for ordination at King's College London and was ordained deacon in 1993 and priest in 1994.[3] 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[4] and he legally became bishop with the confirmation of his election on 20 December 2011,[5] ahead of his 25 January consecration at St Paul's Cathedral. His installation at Winchester Cathedral was on 21 April and he was introduced in the House of Lords on 26 March.[6] After John Taylor in 1974, he was only the second priest to be consecrated directly to the See of Winchester since 1595. In May 2013, Dakin was additionally appointed the Bishop for Higher and Further Education, a national spokesperson role.[7]

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 ex officio the position of Prelate of the Order of the Garter.

In January 2014, it was announced that the Channel Islands would be temporarily removed[8] from the oversight of the Bishop of Winchester for the first time for 500 years, after relations between Dakin and the Dean of Jersey broke down over the handling of alleged abuse.[9]

Dakin is a committee member of the Evangelical Group of the General Synod of the Church of England.[10] In March 2014, the group 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".[11]


  • Tim Dakin (1958–1993)
  • The Reverend Tim Dakin (1993–2001)
  • The Reverend Canon Tim Dakin (2001–2012)[12]
  • The Right Reverend Tim Dakin (2012–present)
  • The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of Winchester (2012–present)


  1. ^ a b Dakin, Timothy. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2016 (November 2015 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 16 December 2015.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  2. ^ a b c Number 10 – Diocese of Winchester
  3. ^ See entry at Crockford Clerical Directory.
  4. ^ name="no10"
  5. ^ Diocese of Winchester – Bishop election confirmed Archived 2013-07-17 at Archive.is (Accessed 15 July 2013)
  6. ^ "Future Business", House of Lords Business, 21 March 2012.
  7. ^ Church of England Higher Education Bulletin – May 2013
  8. ^ See Bishops of Winchester and Diocese of Winchester
  9. ^ "Channel Island church in Winchester split". BBC News. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Evangelical Group of the General Synod website". Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  11. ^ . Thinking Anglicans http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/006482.html. Retrieved 10 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Thinking Anglicans – Next Bishop of Winchester (Accessed 7 November 2015)
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
General Secretary of the Church Mission Society
Succeeded by
Philip Mounstephen
as Executive Leader
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael Scott-Joynt
Bishop of Winchester
Order of precedence in England and Wales
Preceded by
Paul Butler
as Bishop of Durham
as Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Peter Forster
as Bishop of Chester
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