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A Celebration of Lay Ministry

On Saturday 22 October, people from across the Diocese gathered together to celebrate those called to exercise lay ministry within our Diocese. Six lay ministers were admitted (or re-admitted) and licensed to the ministry of Licensed Lay Minsters and three people were authorised as Lay Pastoral Ministers. Bishop Sarah led the service and the Venerable Libby Wilkinson, Archdeacon of Durham preached during the service which was held at St. Mary and St. Cuthbert’s Church in Chester-le-Street.


Those who were admitted as a Licensed Lay Minister:

Lilian Jordan – Monkwearmouth Team Ministry

Paula Barber—North Wearside Team Ministry

Kevin Freeman— Stanley and South Moor

Andrew Young—Blackwell, All Saints and Salutation and Coniscliffe

Margaret Wood—Whickham


Those who have completed their training as a Lay Pastoral Minister:

Sue Begg — Chester-le-Street

Louise Vincent — Chester-le-Street

Peter Keeney — Bearpark


Those who were re-admitted as a Licensed Lay Minister:

Jill Abbott – Swalwell and Whickham


All photos taken during the service can be found on our Flickr account.  

First published on: 24th October 2022
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