Those commissioned as Lay workers with Bishop Paul, Bishop Sarah, Bishops Chaplain, Diocesan Registrar, Archdeacons, DDO and Theological College Principal

Twelve people from varying walks have life were commissioned as lay workers ahead of their being ordained as Deacons in September.

The special commissioning service, the first of its kind in the diocese to be held on Zoom, was lead by Bishop Paul to allow the twelve to start their ministry ahead of ordination. 

Traditionally, next week would be the start of Petertide (Sunday 5th July) and would have been the week that ordinations in the Diocese of Deacons and Priests would have been held. Due to COVID-19 this will now hopefully happen in Michaelmas towards the end of September.

Those commissioned are

Hilary Avent

Hetton Lyons with Eppleton, St Michael and St Nicholas

Philip Carter

Castleside, St John and Benfieldside, St Cuthbert

Graham Copley

Hunwick and Willington

Tommy Daglish

Stanley and South Moor (Derwentside East Group Ministry)

John D’Silva

Houghton le Spring, St Michael and All Angels

Elaine Gray

Hebburn, St John with Jarrow Grange, Christ Church in plurality

Rosemary Hendry

Crawcrook Church of the Holy Spirit and Greenside, St John

Wim Kuiper

Sunderland, St Matthew and St Wilfrid

Stephanie Price

Bishop Auckland

Hannah Richardson

Peterlee, St Cuthbert

Mahalha Wachepa

Durham North Team Ministry

Alison Williams

Wheatley Hill, Thornley and Wingate with Hutton Henry


Please hold them in your prayers as they start their ministry in the diocese.

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