Daniel Whitehead


Executive Director

"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.

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