WEARSIDE clergy are set to be ordained at an official ceremony.
Curate Fiona Collin, 50, who took up her role at Sunderland Minster after spending 30 years in nursing, will be among those granted deacon status at the weekend.
“There are a lot of transferable skills between nursing and the church,” said Fiona, originally from Tynemouth.
“I have always flourished in the pastoral setting and have a sense that my work with the church is about healing, just as it was in nursing.”
The ceremonies at Durham Cathedral will see people from diverse walks of life ordained as deacons and priests in the Diocese of Durham.
Norfolk-born Paul Child, 34, will become associate curate with the Monkwearmouth Team Ministry after being ordained a deacon.
Glen Macknight, 50, moved from the worship team at St Mary’s and St Cuthbert’s, in Chester-le-Street, to become curate to the Parish of Herrington, Penshaw and Shiney Row.
“Coming to ministry was very much about hearing the quiet, still voice of God and being drawn forward to explore what it meant to be a minister,” said Chester-le-Street-born Glen.
Others to be ordained priests include Sussex-born former software engineer Tom Brazier, 40, a curate at Holy Trinity, in Washington, who spearheaded a drive to clean-up abandoned shopping trollies in his local neighbourhoods.
Sunderland-born Lesley Jones, 46, part of the North Wearside Team Ministry, formed from five former parishes stretching from Nissan to the Stadium of Light, will be ordained a priest. Others who to be ordained priests include Teresa Laybourne, 51, who is serving at Washington Holy Trinity, and Dan Christian, 28, a curate at St Mary’s and St Cuthbert’s, in Chester-le-Street.
Oxford-graduate James Leigh, 25, will also be ordained a deacon and become assistant curate at St Mary’s, in Horden.