Maria is a cultural architect, she lives to see the Church become a powerful community, that reveals the glory of heaven and the heart of the Father. Together with her husband Phil, Maria pioneered a spiritual community in 1998 called Tribe-Byron Bay (formerly New Earth Tribe). Phil and Maria are the senior leaders, but now have an amazing team of pastoral leaders whom they serve with.
They started this fledgling work in their living room with seven people in Sunrise Beach, Byron Bay. Their aim was to build not just a church, but a community of people, who were deeply invested in each other and in changing the world. In those days, they ran a soup kitchen and delivered bread to local families. Maria also invested much of her time as an intercessor and worshiper, starting local prayer initiatives and building up a culture of worship and encounter. Out of these early seasons, the Father developed in her, a passion for breakthrough so that the heart’s of people can encounter God’s glory.
In the last 18 years, she has lead the church along side of Phil. She speaks around Australia and in other nations, on the subjects of church culture, relationships, leadership, prophetic ministry, creativity, worship, community and revival.
In 2016, Maria released her first book, “The Glory Community; Building Heaven’s Culture on Earth”. This book is designed to inspire the church to live in the realm of God’s glory here on earth as His community. This is not just a book filled with theoretical ideas, but with tried and tested practices. Tribe is an authentic grass roots community that literally adores the presence of God, authentic relationships, and the beauty of life filled with His love and creativity. The community has been experiencing an outpouring of His presence for many years now.
Maria and Phil, have been married since 1983 and have four adult children, plus a son and daughter in law. Maria’s passions are worship, beauty and culture. She loves to drink amazing coffee, cook curries, play music and to hang out with family and friends. Her home is filled with music, art, books and candles.
Eyes To See – Prophetic Vision
The Imagining Community
Artists are pioneers, blazing new trails and new paths.We become fully human when we allow ourselves to find the creative thread that is placed in each of our souls by God. In every heart, the seeds of creativity exist! When these are given light and water, these seeds burst with new life.
Searching For Community
While many in the world are searching for their tribe; God’s answer to the cry of their hearts is to show them a community. This community is one that is clothed from on high; that practices love in words and actions.
THE GLORY COMMUNITY
Building the culture of heaven on earth