Reverend Jim Baker and Reverend Anne Baker
The Rev. Canon Jim Baker M.B.E. and the Rev. Anne Baker retired to the village 6 years ago.
Jim has been ordained for 50 years and following appointments in Sheffield, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh and 10 years in West Fife, he became Team Rector of Whitehaven in 1984 and was 20 years in that post. During that time, he also served as Rural Dean , Hospital Chaplain, Chairman of the Whitehaven Community Trust and Non- Executive Director of the Primary Care Trust.
Anne started working life as a secondary school teacher and College Lecturer but became a full time vicar’s wife on moving to Whitehaven. She was also very involved in Mother’s Union, holding posts at Diocesan and National level.
Anne trained for the ministry with the Diocesan Training Institute and was ordained in 2001. She served here in St Bees as curate for 3 years, prior to her appointment to the Benefice of Eskdale, Irton, Muncaster and Waberthwaite . During her 8 years as Rector there, Jim was the Non – Stipendiary Priest in the Benefice.
The couple have 4 sons, 3 of whom are married and 3 grandchildren.