Rev Keith V Garner
Keith Garner is the Superintendent and CEO of Wesley Mission, based in Sydney, Australia. He originated in Britain and served in the British Methodist Church for 25 years. He was appointed to this key role in 2005. Wesley Mission is one of the most dynamic city centre churches in the world and the largest parish in the Uniting Church in Australia, with a hugely diverse community service program in 180 centres. Sir Alan Walker was one of Keith’s predecessors. Keith oversees over 2,200 staff and close to 6,000 volunteers, in a Mission that combines strong community services work and a passionate Christian commitment and Wesley Mission has a $250million budget. As well as leading the organisation, he preaches each week and presents a weekly television program, Wesley Impact! He has been a strong advocate to work in relation to Financial Stress, Homelessness and Suicide Prevention. Keith is best known for his preaching and teaching ministry and commitment to social justice. He is regularly sought for comment on matters of social concern. For six years, he served as the Deputy Co-Chair of the Premier’s Council on Homelessness. His ministry has taken him across the world to North America, the Bahamas, South Africa, Myanmar (Burma), India, New Zealand, Iceland and three trips to China. Wesley Mission is a multi-faceted Mission with eleven separate congregations meeting in the Wesley Centre each Sunday and the work amongst Chinese, Samoan and Indonesian Christians has grown greatly in recent years. In 2015 Keith was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his work with the homeless and marginalised. Keith Garner has sat on numerous Boards including the Community Council of Australia and is a founding Director of the End Street Sleeping Collaboration Ltd.