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 and tomorrow will see priests ordained and Sunday will welcome new deacons to the Church of England Durham Diocese.
Among those will be the Reverend Nicholas Moore, who will continue to serve at All Saints in Stranton, after being ordained as a priest.
The 30-year-old, who is married to Rebekah, said: “I began to explore the possibility that God was calling me into some form of full-time ministry. I came to realize that I was an Anglican by conviction, and not just by birth/baptism, and so pursued ordination in the Church of England.”
Gemma Sampson, 39, will work at St Aidan and St Columba in Hartlepool and will be ordained as a deacon.
Prior to training for ordination she was a youth worker in Coventry where she taught sex education to youngsters. After a brief stint in the school’s team at Coventry Cathedral, she worked with young women in violent and controlling relationships, and those who were being groomed for sexual exploitation.
Some of the most amazing experiences of church I have experienced have been when it has reached out, not to draw others in, but to offer something and make the love of God known and tangible in the community outside.Tim Wall
Gemma, who spent three months doing voluntary work in India with women and children who had been trafficked into the sex industry, said: “I am excited about my move and about beginning my title post here in Hartlepool.”
Kate Jamie, who will serve as a deacon at St Mary’s in Easington Village and The Ascension in Easington Colliery.
The 33-year-old, who is married to Matt, who trained and worked at the education department at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, and worked as a freelance drama practitioner before going back to the Globe as an education manager. She was also a chaplaincy assistant at King’s College, London.
Tim Wall, 28, from St Cuthbert in Peterlee, and who is married to Susanna, will also become a deacon.