Our “Young People and Families Pastor (YP&F)” is James McKenna.  

His position is 0.5FTE .

James is married to Judy and they have three daughters, Grace who is 13, and twins Ava and Georgie who are 11. A pet boxer, named Buttercup, completes their family.


James grew up as the eldest of 11 children in Wynnum in Brisbane and was brought up as a Roman Catholic. In 2013 he started to sense a calling to ministry. He was attracted to the Uniting Church because of the people at Synod office as well in the Presbytery and the Kawana Waters congregation who were very welcoming. The work the Uniting Church does in the community e.g. Uniting Care, Lifeline and Blue Care appealed too.

He is currently studying a Bachelor of Theology and hopes to be a Minster of the Word.

Interests and Hobbies: rugby league, cricket, watching movies and acting.