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Minster’s new Vicar announced

Canon Jonathan Baker, Acting Dean of Peterborough, has been appointed as the next Vicar of Beverley Minster and Priest-in-Charge of Routh in the Diocese of York.

The appointment has been made by the Simeon Trustees with the agreement of the Bishop of Hull on behalf of the Archbishop of York.

Canon Baker (pictured) will be Instituted and Licensed by the Bishop of Hull at 6pm on Saturday 9th December in Beverley Minster.  He has been Acting Dean of Peterborough since October 2016. From 2004 he was Canon Missioner at the Cathedral, overseeing the ministry to visitors, schools and those enquiring about faith.

In recent years he has played an important role in directing the content of the new historical displays inside the Cathedral and the new Visitor Centre.

Jonathan’s particular interests are preaching, the relation of faith to culture, Christian spirituality, and holy places.

He is the youngest of four children and grew up in Warwickshire. He studied History at Cambridge and Law at Guildford before working as a solicitor in London for five years. He was ordained in 1992 after training at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

After serving in churches in Croydon and Scarborough, Jonathan went to Peterborough in 2004. Jonathan’s leisure interests include history, architecture and the visual arts, including film.  He is married to Sue, who teaches at The King’s School Peterborough, and they have four grown up children.

Canon Baker said: “It has been a huge privilege to serve at Peterborough Cathedral over the last 13 years. It is a very special place and I have greatly enjoyed working alongside some very dedicated and talented people.
“Now that a new Dean has been announced the time seems right for me to move on so that a new team can take the Cathedral forward into what I am confident will  be an exciting new phase of its ministry in the city and diocese.

“As we head north to Beverley, Sue and I will take with us lasting memories of our time here, and a deep affection for the city and people of Peterborough.”

His farewell service in Peterborough will be on Sunday 8th October at 10.00am.

Beverley Minster is the largest parish church building in the Church of England and has a large congregation together with three daughter churches and the neighbouring rural parish of Routh.