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Paul Spencer Bates

Male 1940 - 2006  (66 years)

  • Name Paul Spencer Bates  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 01 Jan 1940  Congo Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 4
    Education abt 1953 - 1958  St Edmund's School, Canterbury Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education abt 1958 - 1961  Corpus Christi College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education bef 1965  Lincoln Theological College Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Occupation 1965 - 1970  Hartcliffe, Bristol Find all individuals with events at this location ; Curate  [3
    Ordination 1965  Priest, Church of England  [3
    Occupation 1970 - 1980  Winchester College Find all individuals with events at this location ; Chaplain  [3
    Occupation 1980 - 1990  Winchester Find all individuals with events at this location ; Diocesan Director of Training  [3
    Occupation - 1994  Westminster Abbey Find all individuals with events at this location ; Canon  [3
    Occupation 1994 - 2006  Management Consultant  [3
    Death 29 May 2006  Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3
    • Paul Bates, who died on Monday aged 66, was until 1994 one of the Church of England's outstanding priests. At that time he was a relatively young canon of Westminster Abbey, with a strong record behind him, and it was confidently expected that he would shortly become a bishop or possibly a dean. But when his marriage fell apart he resigned not only from his canonry but also from the priesthood.
      Bates had all the gifts that would have made him a notable church leader. He was a fine preacher, a talented teacher and an outstanding pastor. He won the admiration and allegiance of colleagues, knew how to get people of diverse temperaments to work together and was brimming with creative ideas. Added to this was considerable organisational skill, a handsome appearance and an attractive personality, which made the loss to the Church all the more keenly felt. Some of his skills and experience were, however, transferred easily to the secular sphere, and he made a no less successful, albeit shorter, second career in management consultancy.
      Paul Spencer Bates, the son of a missionary priest, was born on January 1 1940 at a hospital in the Belgian Congo, his father at the time serving in adjacent southern Sudan. He went from St Edmund's School, Canterbury, to Corpus Christi, Cambridge, and completed his training for Holy Orders at Lincoln Theological College, where his gifts were soon recognised and a bright future in the Church's ministry forecast. Ordained in 1965, he spent five years as a curate at Hartcliffe, in Bristol, winning great praise for his work among young people. He found the liberal atmosphere of the 1960s stimulating, and adopted an informality of dress and hair style not then common among clergymen. This proved to be no handicap to his appointment in 1970 as chaplain at Winchester College. John Thorn, the then headmaster, was strong on unusual and imaginative appointments, and the choice of Bates was deemed to be an unqualified success. He could more than hold his own in the classroom, but his chief contribution was as a pastor to both the boys and the dons. He had the gift of establishing a close rapport with people of all ages, and the boys regarded his opinions as near-infallible: "Paul says ... " was considered by them to clinch any argument. Whenever tragedy struck the school he was immediately there to provide strong, sensitive support, often over long periods. Just over the wall, however, a new Bishop of Winchester, John V Taylor, was no less adept than the headmaster at spotting talent, and in 1980, to the great chagrin of the college, he persuaded Bates to become his diocesan director of training. At this time the post-ordination training of curates and the in-service education of vicars was nothing if not haphazard, and often virtually non-existent. Bates, who had much in common with Bishop Taylor, was one of the first full-time directors of training to be appointed, and during the next 10 years he devised and implemented education programmes for clergy at every stage of their ministries. While academic study was available for those who wanted it, most of the courses were more directly related to practical parish work and came to be regarded by the overwhelming majority of the clergy as something to be enjoyed rather than endured. Many of the methods were exported to other dioceses, and Bates, combining with a group of other talented young priests to provide the bishop with a think-tank, showed no less flair in his promotion of new-style education schemes for young people and adult laity. At the national level he was closely involved in the work of the Grubb Institute, particularly with research on the effects of parochial stress on the lives of clergy families. This was shown to be considerable. He was appointed an honorary canon of Winchester Cathedral in 1987. Following his resignation in 1994, Bates became a consultant with Alexander Corp, then moved to the American-based consultancy Sibson & Co. On reaching the age of 60 he became an independent management consultant with an international clientele. He died suddenly soon after returning from an assignment in the Far East. While at Winchester he was a keen supporter of Hampshire Cricket Club and, from his Cambridge years, was a discerning reader of modern novels. He is survived by his second wife, Christine, and by two sons of his first marriage. [Daily Telegraph, 02 Jun 2006]
    Person ID I0738  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2010 

    Family Living 
    Last Modified 15 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F0233  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Knudsen tree.

    2. [S03] Family Members, CD.

    3. [S11] Newspaper, Daily Telegraph, 02 Jun 2006.

    4. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Leopoldville, 1936-1940.
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