People from all walks of life and ages will be among those to be ordained as priests and deacons this weekend.
The celebration will take place at Durham Cathedral, with each of the 25 from the region being called to the ministry, after amassing a wealth of experience in a wide range of places and jobs.
Tomorrow will see priests ordained and Sunday will welcome new deacons to the Church of England Durham Diocese.
Among them will be Kate Jamie, who will serve at St Mary’s in Easington Village and The Ascension in Easington Colliery.
The 33-year-old, who is married to Matt, worked at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre before working as a chaplaincy assistant at King’s College, London.
Durham University graduate Tim Wall, 28, from St Cuthbert in Peterlee, started training for ordination in 2012 in Durham.
I had a growing sense of vocation, which I could no longer ignore.Rev Rebecca Tobin
The Reverend Rebecca Louise Tobin will continue to serve at The Boldons.
The 39-year-old said: “I had a growing sense of vocation, which I could no longer ignore. It came as rather a shock. Although life was not bad, it was somehow unsatisfactory, something was missing.
“I was not yet who I was meant to be.
The Reverend Bryony Ruthellen Taylor, 37, will continue to serve Houghton at St Michael and All Angels.
The 37-year-old, who is married to Paul, said: “It was a really interesting experience writing firstly from the perspective of a lay person, and then reflecting on the experience of being ordained and wearing a dog collar.
“It made me see the portrayal of clergy, in particular on television, quite differently.”