Fiona Collin, 49, who grew up in the Tynemouth area, joins Sunderland Minster as a Curate having spent her previous career in nursing. Her caring nature found an outlet during a thirty year vocation in the nursing profession. Initially serving in the NHS in North Tyneside, working in community nursing and as a Sister in a hospital, she then worked in occupational health with Procter & Gamble, moving with her family to Berkshire. This began a decade of living and working in the south and finding a spiritual home in the Anglican church of St. Michael’s, Warfield, near Bracknell. When husband Neil, previously a Northumbria Police Officer, retired as an Inspector in the Metropolitan force, Fiona began to look anew at her life. Her decision in 2009 to volunteer as a hospital chaplain proved pivotal in testing her calling and on her subsequent journey towards Ordination. She said: “I had been talking about Chaplaincy and started working one day a week as a hospital chaplain in Chertsey. “I loved the job and it seemed to pull together the threads, suggesting a bigger role in the Church. I felt God calling me.” Now back in the North East, she is looking forward to being ordained as a Deacon. She said: “There are a lot of transferable skills between nursing and the Church. 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.” As part of the Sunderland team, Fiona hopes to use her experience to grow her pastoral ministry, building relationships whilst reaching out and sharing the gospel in the midst of City life.