Meet the Virtue Ministry team
Founder of Virtue Ministry
Background: Stina was born and raised a Norwegian and completed her Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Social work, in Australia. She is a Family & Relationship Counsellor (individuals, couples and children), and the former Young Female City Ambassador (Miss Wagga Wagga 2019) for Wagga Wagga, NSW. Stina also works with separated families and supporting TAFE NSW Students through their Education.
Virtue Goals: Stina’s passion is for others to uncover and live out their real and unique capacity and understand where their true foundation lies. In founding, and now managing Virtue Ministry, Stina channels her enthusiasm for learning, creativity, flair for fashion and zest for virtue, into her ministry.
Background: Born in Melbourne, Andrew was raised in Albury, NSW, and completed his Bachelors Degree in Education K-12, whilst working in Youth Ministry for three years. Growing up he learned to play the piano and continues to foster his interest in music especially the classical and sacred genres. He has sung in a number of choirs locally and interstate as well as having been blessed to tour Europe in 2016. Married a few years, Andrew and his wife Bernadette and their 3 daughters, reside in Albury, NSW where Andrew teaches.
Virtue Goals: Andrew brings a particular energy and enthusiasm — perhaps the result of his sport fanaticism — resulting in his own unique approach to Virtue Ministry. He wants to awaken the virtuous nature in everyone he meets and help them find their way to appreciate truth, goodness and beauty.
Background: Elise is from a farming family near Junee, NSW, where she found her love for rural life. She completed her schooling in Wagga Wagga and is currently studying Medicine through the University of New South Wales at the Wagga Rural Clinical School. Outside of study, Elise enjoys being involved with her local church, looking after her veggie garden, playing sport and working on her family farm.
Virtue Goals: Elise brings her own astute and balanced voice to Virtue Ministry's writing. She aims to speak authentically to young people through her writing, by sharing the struggles and successes of striving to discover balance and purpose in life.
Writer & Graphic Designer
Background: Emily is a former ACPA award winning magazine editor now stay at home mum of seven and freelance journalist. Her work has been featured in a variety of media not only around Australia but also internationally writing on all things faith, parenting and craft. She brings close to 20 years of experience in media — print, online and social — as well as several years in active youth ministry including three years as the Diocesan Coordinator. Emily is married to her husband of 15 years, Ben, and together with their children currently live in The Rock.
Virtue Goals: Helping others to encounter and appreciate the beauty of virtue, and a Christ-based life, has always been Emily’s goal for her role with Virtue Ministry. Her writing and designs are crafted to inspire, uplift and encourage.
Prayer Team Coordinator
Background: Grace is from Barooga, NSW, and studied medicine in Sydney. She now practices as a general practitioner. She lives in Albury, NSW, with her husband Sam. Grace has been active in Church ministry wherever she has lived in the last decade, after having a transformative experience herself where faith became her most treasured possession and began shaping her life.
Virtue Goals: Having been a silent prayer warrior for Virtue Ministry, her vested interest from afar coupled with her own creative flair has given Grace the drive to now rally the troops as Prayer Coordinator. Her humble, yet profound outlook of seeing Christ in everyone she meets and serves, allows Virtue Ministry's mission to flourish.
Social Media and Marketing
Background: Grace lives in Perth, WA, where she is a piano teacher and sacred music specialist, being a professional soprano, cantor and choir director. She studied music at the University of Western Australia, and further completed a certificate in theology, specialising in the liturgy, through the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Alongside this, Grace has previously been a lifestyle blogger and content creator, and was called to use those skills for Virtue Ministry and the glory of God.
Virtue Goals: Heavily immersed in the arts, Grace’s desire is to share what is authentically good, true and beautiful with those around her, whether through her creativity, or by personal connection – to build and support others in a flourishing community.
Background: Theresa is from the Northern Rivers, NSW. She has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree of Information Technology through Southern Cross University. Her interests include sacred & celtic music, singing, woodworking, cooking, fitness and the outdoors.
Virtue Goals: Theresa desires to encourage and remind others of their indispensable value, to both God and others, and the beauty of virtuous living.