Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

The Rev. J. Ronald Baker, SSC
Oct. 15, 1941 – Dec. 13, 2012


The Rev. J. Ronald Baker, SSC, died early Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, with his mother and sister at his side. Fr. Baker, who was 71, had suffered from a long illness. Fr. Ronald BakerHis Requiem Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Laguna Park. Bishop Iker will celebrate and preach. Clergy are invited to vest and process in cassock and surplice (no stole).

James Ronald Baker was born Oct. 15, 1941, in Meridian, Texas, and attended Kirbyville schools. Ronald earned B.A. and M.A. degrees, with emphasis in English and Education, from Baylor University in Waco, where he was confirmed at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. After graduation he taught English, learned to repair and restore antique organs and pianos, and continued to help his father on the family farm in Walnut Springs, where Fr. Baker lived until shortly before his death. He played organ at both St. James, Meridian, and St. Mary’s, Hamilton, and became a lay member of the monastic Order of the Holy Cross.

Fr. Ronald BakerIn the mid-1980s he began to discern a call to holy orders and wrote, “God speaks to us through the events of our lives. In looking back, I can see God working through circumstances to make clear this call [to ordination].” He studied with several priests of the diocese and was ordained to the diaconate on Nov. 24, 1985, by Bishop A. Donald Davies. His ordination to the priesthood, by Bishop Clarence Pope, occurred on May 27, 1986. He was assigned to serve as Vicar at both St. Mary’s, Hamilton, and Trinity, Dublin.

A heart condition necessitated his early retirement in 1997. In 1999 he was assigned to serve at the mission station of St. Alban’s in Hubbard, where he continued until this summer. In addition, he served as organist at St. Mary’s, Hillsboro, in recent years. Fr. Baker is remembered as an especially pastoral priest.

He is survived by his mother, Earlene Johnson, and his sister, Brenda Mosier.