Rev. Stu Smith
Stu was raised in the Presbyterian Church. Along his Spiritual journey, he has explored a variety of Christian denominations, including several years in the charismatic movement, where he served as Youth Minister at Melodyland Christian Center, and at Acts Christian Chapel. Stu first came to Christ Church Unity in the Spring of 1992. During that morning’s sermon, Revered Mario de Ferrari proclaimed, “Your religion is none of my business.” Stu immediately knew he had found his spiritual home. That feeling was affirmed by Mario’s frequent invitation to, “Take what you like and leave the rest.” Since that time, Stu has served as a Lay Minister, including as Director; served on the Board of Directors, as Trustee, Treasurer and President; and, most recently, on CCU’s Ecclesiastical Council, as Minister of Praise and Worship. Through the years, Stu has been a frequent speaker and teacher at CCU, and has regularly shared his musical offerings of song. Stu was ordained in May of 2018 and assumed the position of head minister in August.
Mario de Ferrari is a native of the Dominican Republic and has lived in fourteen countries. He speaks five languages.
Mario is an author, with two published books: "Quantum Crawl," and "The Vortex Shift." A third book is currently in progress.
After having been raised Catholic, Mario later studied Buddhism and Jewish mysticism before finding metaphysical Christianity. He has been the minister of Christ Church Unity in Anaheim, California, for almost two decades.
Mario describes himself as a "spiritual coach." As such, he works to be present for others with an open, compassionate heart and a clear, receptive mind. That state allows support of each individual as the powerful being they are, in the process of discovering their own spiritual strength.