Our Team

Mandy Smith, Pastor

Mandy grew up in Brisbane and, after living and ministering in the UK and US, is happy to be back under Aussie skies and serving the church at St Lucia. Before joining St Lucia Uniting, she served as pastor at University Christian Church, Ohio.

Mandy is an author and artist and loves exploring the ways God is at work in everything. Mandy and her husband Jamie (a New Testament professor) live with their family in the manse where the teapot is always warm.

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Emily Abernathy, Associate Pastor

Emily grew up in the US and has lived in Brisbane since 2017. In addition to working at St Lucia Uniting Church, Emily, alongside her husband Eric, serves uni students in St Lucia at The Garden, a university ministry. 

Emily is passionate about learning and growing in faith and is convinced that the best way to do these things is in community with others. Emily, Eric, and their daughters Reya and June live in St Lucia where they frequent coffee shops and playgrounds.

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Sarah Gracie, Worship Coordinator

Sarah is a pastor’s kid from Tasmania with a passion for praise and worship. Since joining her first music team with a recorder in hand at age 8, making music in church has always been Sarah’s ‘happy place’. 
She gave her life to Jesus as a teenager and has spent her adult life working as an accountant during the week and serving on church leadership and worship teams on weekends. Her life goal is to raise up worshippers for Jesus.

When she’s not serving the church, Sarah loves spending time with her three nephews and watching the odd Korean Drama.