Tributes to former Bishop of Derby

The Bishop of Derby has paid tribute to his predecessor, Rt Rev Jonathan Bailey, who died on Tuesday morning.

Bishop Johnathan held the position from 1995 until 2005. His funeral will be on Monday, December 22 at 12 noon in Gloucester Cathedral. A memorial service will be held in Derby Cathedral early next year.

Current Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, said: "Everyone who knew Bishop Jonathan will join with me in paying tribute to the wisdom and leadership he offered during his time as Bishop of Derby.

"The prayers of the whole diocese are with Susan and the rest of his family at this time."

Bishop Jonathan, 69, had a wide and distinguished ministry before moving to Derbyshire.

He was born in 1940 and eventually studied for the ministry at Trinity College and Ridley Hall in Cambridge.

He was ordained deacon in 1965 and served in the Liverpool Diocese from 1965-1971. He then moved to the Diocese of Ripon where he became Warden on Marrick Priory and then becoming Vicar of Wetherby between 1976 and 1982.

He served for ten years as Archdeacon of Southend (1982-1992) in the Diocese of Chelmsford before becoming Bishop of Dunwich in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 1992.

He stayed there for just three years before moving to be Bishop of Derby in 1995.

During his time as Bishop of Derby, he was Clerk of the Closet - an ancient title describing the role of the bishop responsible for selecting Chaplains to the Queen and, for this work, he was awarded the KVCO in 2005.

He retired as Bishop of Derby in the same year and became an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Gloucester.