Born in 1928, John Baker was ordained as a Priest in 1964. Baker worked at Westminster Abbey where he met his wife, Jill, with whom he shares a deep concern for animals. After Westminster, he moved to Salisbury as Bishop. As well as writing on Christian belief, he worked for peace in Northern Ireland, nuclear disarmament and Christian reunion. For ten years, he was President of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals and was a patron of Compassion in World Farming.