"Having spent 10 years in full time vocational church ministry, I know the levels of brokenness that a community carries, often in secret, and I have witnessed at first hand the good, the bad and the ugly approaches to mental health. It was therefore, so inspiring for me to discover a movement that equips faith communities in navigating this area intelligently, sensitively and theologically. I have personally felt the great need for this ministry, and I can personally attest to the challenges of leading at times when my own mental health was poor. It is undoubtedly these first-hand experiences, including walking with many friends and family members through debilitating mental illnesses and mental health struggles, that have caused me to see the value and power of Sanctuary. I can think of no greater privilege than to lead this organisation in helping many persons walk through mental health struggles and mental illness in healthy community with God, self and others."
Daniel hails from the UK, is married to Annie and has two young children, Evie and Jack. He comes to us having been a Senior Pastor of a church for eight years, and as a certified mediator. His time as a pastor exposed him to many compassion and social justice ministries with regular international exposure in nations such as Russia, Albania, South Africa, Kenya and India. Daniel is, by nature, a networker and a visionary and he brings a great deal of infectious enthusiasm for God and His people.
Ph.D. | MCS | OT(c)
"Being part of Sanctuary expresses an ongoing belief that Christian communities can extend love well. Having walked through recovery, I discovered this to be true and desire it to be true for others. Sanctuary community is learning to walk this way too - facilitating safety for vulnerability, encouraging creativity, managing our capacity and free with affection. If we can do it, anyone can."
Sharon co-founded Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries in 2011 and served as Executive Director from 2011 - 2016. Sharon has spent much of her professional career working as an occupational therapist in acute and community mental health settings in South Africa and Vancouver, Canada. She has her Masters in Christian Studies from Regent College and her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation explored the meaning of spirituality for people living with schizophrenia. She is passionate about working with people who experience mental health issues, facilitating their integration into spiritual communities.
Mental health work became a personal passion for Sharon, when she journeyed with her late husband, Alex, through his depression, resulting in his suicide in 2005. Sharon spent a year (2009-2010) as the Executive Director of Jacob’s Well, a ministry that invites people into friendship with residents of Vancouver’s downtown eastside and three years (2010 - 2013) with Vancouver Coastal Health as a mental health professional. Sharon retired as Executive Director of Sanctuary in February, 2016. She consults for mental health organizations to integrate spirituality into mental health care and is adjunct faculty in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia.
MA | CCDP
Director of Programming
"In 2011, I attended a Sanctuary workshop on mental health and was profoundly impacted by the vision and hope of Sanctuary. Over the next few years, I walked alongside as a volunteer and community coach before being invited to take on the role of Director of Programming and then Operations. During our executive leadership search, I served as Acting Executive Director. Where my academic and professional background enable me in this role, my involvement with Sanctuary is a response to God’s invitation to facilitate and share ways to Be Christ's LOVE and light in the community. I am honoured to find myself at a time and place where I can do work that embodies Christ."
Terresa has been guiding communities, organizations and individuals from present to preferred positions for more than twenty years. Recognized as an innovative, strategic and possibility thinker, Terresa has worked with local, national and international groups helping them align themselves with changing times and needs. Through her director, adviser and facilitator roles, Terresa has supported communities and organizations in the education, employment, health, justice, and faith communities.
Her work experience is enriched with an MA in Leadership from Trinity Western University, Graduate Certificate in Career Development from Royal Roads University, Education for Ministry studies through the Anglican Church of Canada, Undergraduate Diplomas in Business and Adult Education and now an array of learning about mental health in the community. Most recently, Terresa served as Executive Director for The People’s Law School, President of the Public Legal Education Association of Canada, and Director of Union Gospel Mission. Terresa is an adviser for the Canadian Executive Services Organization and co-founder of TaLedi Enterprise Development Inc.
"I am a pastor’s kid, have worked in pastoral ministry, and through the years, I have participated in many different Christian communities -- from Catholic to Anglican to Pentecostal to Mennonite/Mennonite Brethren and non-denominational churches and parishes. Within these environments, I have experienced the powerful ways God works in community to bring support, care, healing, wholeness and transformation. Also at times, through a lack of mental health awareness and understanding, I have witnessed further marginalization of persons living with mental health issues.
A couple of years ago, I attended a Sanctuary seminar and was impacted by the stories of people with lived-experience and their insights into how churches and parishes could better support their recovery journeys. I wanted to be part of an organization that elevates these voices and their life-wisdom."
Kate is married to Nate, and she has worked as a teacher, pastor and writer. She finds the common thread of community development woven through the many roles she has filled and is inspired by the ways church communities can become even more loving places of belonging and hope.
Volunteer, Peer Support Coordinator
"Having walked the journey of struggle with mental health issues my whole life, it took decades to get help and I felt lost in the church. It gives me great satisfaction to help others in their journey with the help that I did not receive for so long, especially inside a faith-based community. Sanctuary gives people like me the chance to help churches and parishes of all denominations access the tools they need to help those in their congregations struggling with mental health issues. I feel that Sanctuary does a great job in creating awareness and understanding about mental health within our community, which is so desperately needed. It is so exciting to be a part of this amazing ministry!"
Born and raised in Richmond BC, Roger attended Sunday school regularly growing up. He owned his Christianity at a bible camp when he was 13. Roger went on to graduate from UBC Commerce in 1992 and obtain his Certified General Accountant designation in 1996. He joined the Federal Government that same year and worked on a variety of specialized projects in Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal over most of the next 19 years.
Roger also speaks intermediate German and French, and has travelled to Europe many times to visit relatives in Germany and Austria. He enjoys downhill skiing and bicycling, as well as traveling to other parts of the world. Roger spends a lot of time on his parent’s recreational property in Langley, clearing brush and chopping firewood, among other things.
Roger struggled with serious anxiety his entire life, and deep depressions began disrupting his ability to work in 2006. He was hospitalized for three weeks in 2011 after a major manic episode and was subsequently diagnosed with Bi-Polar 1 disorder. In 2015, Roger was forced to leave his career with the Federal Government largely due to his struggles with mental health issues, and hopes to work part time in the future while caring for his elderly parents.
Roger began attending a Living Room group in 2012. From that experience, he began volunteering with Sanctuary in early 2013 for several specific projects and work-shops. In the fall of 2014, he began helping in an ongoing roll in communications for Living Room Groups.