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Meet Our Team


Rev. Karen Mitchell - Lambert is our Minister. Karen is an ordained Deacon (ask her what that means) in the Uniting Church and has been in ministry for 30 years. Her specialty is community engagement and working with Children and families but she also loves our Oldies just as much. Karen is our Team Leader, she takes the vision set by the congregation and helps make that a reality with the Church Council. Karen is married to Boo, has 2 kids, Jeramie who lives in Tassie and Leah. She loves to be creative and try new things. She has a particular interest and passion for art and craft as spiritual practice. She understands that sport is important to a lot of people but doesn’t follow a code.  You can contact here through email


Nicola Robinson is our Ministry Co-ordinator. Nicola runs our playgroups on Tuesday and Wednesdays. She is a trained teacher having taught all ages, from kindergarten to Year 12. She is a Mother and grandmother of three. She has been involved in ministry at Gordon and then Gordon-Pymble Uniting church in various and very diverse roles over the last 20 years. Like Karen, Nicola understands that sport is important to a lot of people, which includes her. She loves her Rugby- Go Brumbies and Wallabies, and AFL, Go Geelong and cricket- go Australia You can contact her through email or text her. Nicola works Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Courtney is our Children, Young People and Families Worker. She has worked at GPUC for 8 years, initially running playgroups.  Her varied roles over the years have included running community projects with young people and their families, and doing meaningful projects that support not-for-profit organisations.  Courtney's role also includes All In, website and social media management and teaching scripture at locals schools.  She is passionate about caring for the community, mentoring high school students and baking for her small business. Courtney and her family live locally. She has two daughters (primary and high school) and has a gorgeous GSP puppy dog who they all adore.  Her family loves the great outdoors, running, and are sport fanatics. Courtney can’t live without a perfect sunrise and keeping life simple.

Sonja Paterson is our Admin and Facilities Coordinator. Sonja is GPUC "family" - she began volunteering at our Gordon office in 2005 when her youngest child started school and became a member of staff in 2021. Based at our Pymble office, Sonja works Wednesdays through Fridays looking after reception, accounts and invoicing, room booking enquiries and regular hirers for both our sites; as well as providing administrative support to our Minister, Treasurer, Business Team and other internal groups. Sonja also produces our weekly congregational newsletter.


Lesley Burt is our Community Coordinator. Lesley has qualifications in adult education, teaching English as an Other Language, textiles/garment construction, disability support, and community services.  Her speciality is connecting community members and other like-minded community organisations. In her Community Coordinator role, she helps provide an avenue for community to build through finding volunteers to convene various groups.  Lesley is an enabler and likes to think outside of the box.  She also has a passion for sewing, craft and has a creative nature.   You can contact Lesley directly via email or by calling the Gordon-Pymble Uniting Church number to leave a message.

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