The Bishop of Winchester


The 97th Bishop of Winchester: The Right Reverend Tim Dakin.

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Prior to joining the diocese in 2012, Bishop Tim was head of the Church Mission Society between 2000 and 2012. As well as heading up CMS, Tim was also a member of the Church of England’s ruling body, the General Synod, an associate priest in the parish of Ruscombe and Twyford in the Diocese of Oxford and an Honorary Canon Theologian of Coventry Cathedral. 

Bishop Tim was born to missionary parents in Tanzania and grew up both in East Africa and the UK. After studying theology at a university college in Plymouth and completing a Masters in theology at King’s College, London, he was ordained in 1993. He returned to East Africa to work as principal at a Church Army college in Nairobi and served his curacy at the city’s Anglican cathedral – where he’d been to kindergarten and worshipped as a teenager.

Getting to know Bishop Tim - an interview with Debbie Thrower

Bishop Tim's Enthronement Sermon

The Three P's - The Diocesan Vision

What is a bishop?

A Bishop is a member of the clergy with authority and oversight of a diocese. A diocese, such as the Diocese of Winchester, has one diocesan bishop (The Bishop of Winchester) and often one or more suffragan bishops (in the case of the Diocese of Winchester, the Bishops of Basingstoke and Southampton). Suffragan bishops act as assistants to the diocesan bishop. An archbishop is a senior bishop with oversight of an archdiocese – the Province of England has two archdioceses, Canterbury and York.

Archbishop's Charge

Episcopacy in the Winchester Diocese

Bishop Tims Introduction into the House of Lords



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Pastoral Letters

Pastoral Letter July 2014


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Legislation on women bishops becomes law

The General Synod has enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as Bishops in the Church of England.

Debbie Thrower installed as an Honorary Canon

Debbie Thrower has been installed as an honorary lay Canon and member of Winchester Cathedral Chapter

Bishop Tim Dakin's visit to East Africa

The Bishop of Winchester recently returned from an official visit to East Africa in his capacity as the Church of England’s spokesperson on further and higher education.

New Chair of the House of Clergy appointed

On Saturday 8 November Diocesan Synod appointed a new Chair of the House of Clergy

Diocese welcomes changes to Reader Ministry

This summer, with the agreement of the Bishop’s Council and in line with other dioceses, we have started to use the term ‘Licensed Lay Minister’ (LLM) rather than ‘Reader’ for all those exercising this important ministry.

Bishops to mark Remembrance Sunday

Local Bishops will commemorate outbreak of World War One alongside communities in Winchester, Southampton and Basingstoke

The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt RIP

We are sorry to announce the death of the former Bishop of Winchester, the Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt.

New Bishop of Basingstoke consecrated

The Reverend Canon David Williams consecrated by the Most Reverend Justin Welby , the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Winchester Cathedral

New Archdeacon for Mission Development starts work

Rev Canon Dr Paul Moore joins Diocesan team

Winchester Cathedral's Learning Centre Reopened

HM Lord-Lieutenant Open Winchester Cathedral's Refurbished Learning Centre