Canon ANDREW EATON SMMS
- Parish Priest
- Sawyer Canon, Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle
- Anglican Chaplain – University of Newcastle,
- Chair, Anglican EcoCare Newcastle
- Member, Diocesan Domestic Violence Taskforce
- Member, Hunter Interfaith Network
- Member, Sodality of Mary, Mother of Priests
I came to Wallsend with my wife Monica and two girls in February 2017 having ministered in the Diocese of Bendigo in rural Victoria for 6 years.
I completed a Masters in Divinity and Advanced Diploma in Ministry at the University of Divinity in Melbourne, after previously studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Golf. I have an interest in Girardian theory and non-violence, ecumenism, liturgy, and I am a member of a new Anglican Marian order – the Sodality of Mary Mother of Priests.
I love digging deeper into the scriptures and exploring how following Jesus transforms our lives so that we can be part of the transformation of the world.
As Chair of Anglican EcoCare I am invested in helping the diocese develop an EcoSpirituality and practically resources to reach net-zero by 2040 as part of our mission to sustain and renew the face of the earth.
Rev PHILIP MORRIS – Our Honorary Assistant Priest
I was born and raised in New Lambton, the third child of Thomas and Lorna Morris. I married Sandra in 1978 and we have two sons and four grandchildren. I worked at BHP, MMI and GIO before leaving full time employment to undertake my training as an Ordinand.
My faith journey:
I felt the calling of God in my late teens and like many, tried to ignore it and live my life as I saw fit. But God kept calling me and in my mid-twenties I started to assist around St Luke’s in various small ways outside the Sanctuary. I was a welcomer and reader at the Family Service that my family attended. God kept calling me to do more. I then joined the Sanctuary Team and assisted in all the duties of a server, from acolyte to thurifer, liturgical assistant to lay reader. My parish and successive priests saw me in a more senior role and asked if I was prepared to be “put forward” to the Bishop as a candidate for ordination.
I was ordained priest in the church of God on 1 December 2018.
Hannah Nebart – Children’s, Youth and Family Minister
I am studying law and social science at the University of Newcastle and love helping people. I am so excited to lead children and young adults in a Christian life and to help people live their best lives in the name of Jesus.