Originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland my faith was grounded very firmly in the Presbyterian Church. When I moved to Australia (Latrobe Valley - Victoria) with my family in 1980 I looked for a new spiritual home and quickly found the UCA.
Australia I discovered was a very different place to the bombs and bullets I was brought up with. I moved to Queensland in 2003, and was fortunate enough to marry the most wonderful lady in the world Tracey. We have been blessed or is that challenged with five children with the youngest now in high school.
I was Ordained as Minister of the Word in December 2018 and started my placement with Faith Works in January 2019. I believe that the church is not a building but it is the People of God. I look forward to the next few years in my first placement at Faith Works Uniting Community. As we journey together, exploring God's word and how it both liberates and challenges us.
Worship happens every day and everywhere but when we gather for worship it is a gathering where we can seek together to explore what Christianity means for us. It is an opportunity to be renewed and challenged in our faith. A chance to see how the bible and more importantly how relevant Christianity is in our modern world.
To use the words attributed to St Francis - "we should preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ at all times and if necessary use words."
Rev. Neil Storey
John has been a member of Faith Works Uniting Community since formation and one of its antecedent congregations since moving to Brisbane in 1994. He has taken on a variety of leadership roles over this period including Chair of the Congregation (2014 - 2016) prior to taking on the role of Church Council Chair in 2017. His professional background in architecture and urban design brings a keen interest in planning for the future, mentoring our younger members, caring for our community and our environment.
John contributes to the active life of the congregation including sharing his talents with music, storytelling and fire making. He can also be found now at the Coorparoo Community Garden pulling weeds and watering as part of Faith Work's effort to connect with our local community through gardening. While gardening maybe not one of his strongest talents, John sees this as a pathway to connect and converse with people which is a fundamental aspect of community.
Lesley has been worshipping with us for about ten years and is our amazing church administrator and also the Church Council secretary.
Sometimes you will even find her hiding behind the AV desk at worship.
If you need help with booking a room, finding a song for that special occasion or just need some information about Faithworks Lesley is the go to person.
Our Council is elected by the congregation every five years to work with the Minister in providing pastoral and spiritual oversight of Faith Works Uniting Community's worship and mission activities. It is also responsible for overseeing the Community's general administration, staff, finance and property.
The current Council, which meets every two months, is: