Caroline Baston

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The Venerable
Caroline Baston
Priest in Charge of the Parish of St Andrew, Blunsdon
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Bristol
In office 2011 to present
Other posts Warden of the Community of St Mary the Virgin (2013-present)
Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight (2006-2011)
Personal details
Birth name Caroline Jane Baston
Born (1956-10-17) 17 October 1956 (age 61)
Nationality United Kingdom
Denomination Anglicanism
Alma mater University of Birmingham
Ripon College Cuddesdon

Caroline Jane Baston (born 17 October 1956) is a Church of England priest. From 2006 to 2011, she served as Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight.

Early life and education[edit]

Baston was born on 17 October 1956.[1] She studied at the University of Birmingham, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1978 and a Certificate of Education (CertEd) in 1979.[2] She then began her first career as a teacher, working at a comprehensive school in inner-city Birmingham.[3]

In 1987, Baston entered Ripon College Cuddesdon, an Anglican theological college. There, she spent the next two years studying theology and training for ordination.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Baston was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1989. From 1989 to 1994, she served as Parish Deacon of St. Christopher's Church, Thornhill, Southampton.[2] In 1994, she was ordained as a priest; this was the first year that the Church of England ordained women to the priesthood and therefore she was one of its first female priests.[2][3] She was an Assistant Curate at St Christopher's, Thornhill, and then Rector of All Saints', Winchester with St Andrew's, Chilcomb.[4] She was appointed an honorary canon of Winchester Cathedral in 2000.[2]

Baston was Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight from 2006 until 2011.[5] On 3 October 2011, she was licensed as Transition Minister and Priest-in-charge of St Andrew's, North Swindon.[6] In November 2013, she was appointed Warden of the Community of St Mary the Virgin, an Anglican religious order.[2][7]


  1. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Caroline Jane Baston"Paid subscription required. Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "New Isle of Wight Archdeacon to be Among First Women Priests". Christianity Today. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
  5. ^ Diocese of Portsmouth – Island Archdeacon leaves..
  6. ^ North Swindon parish
  7. ^ "Photographs taken at the Blessing of the Ven Caroline Baston as Warden CSMV". Community of St Mary the Virgin. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2016. [permanent dead link]
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Trevor Reader
Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight
Succeeded by
Peter Allerton Sutton