At Sanctuary...

…we are becoming a healthy, welcoming community in which people who are poor and excluded are particularly valued. This community is an expression of the good news embodied in Jesus Christ.

Annual Walk With our Community

Join us on July 10th as we walk with our community!

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100 Years and Counting!

In this issue of City of Refuge, we celebrate the privilege that we have been given to be stewards of this grand old building in Toronto’s bustling downtown core. It is a delight to see how these doors continue, in the name of Jesus, to welcome and provide a place of redemptive home for so many within this beautiful and diverse community of Sanctuary. And it is a privilege to stand in the ongoing story of God at work on Charles Street.

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Support Our Community

Every dollar raised goes to help us as a community keep going strong. In fact, did you know that we are incredibly blessed to have over 70% of our total donations come from individuals such as yourself?! Thank you for helping us reach out to those who call our community home. Click the heart to share in this journey with us.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Open mic w/ Sam & friends

    July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Annual Walk

    July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  3. Open mic w/ Sam & friends

    August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Meet some of our team

Lorraine Lam

Lorraine Lam

Outreach Team

I started working at Sanctuary in the fall of 2011, after having a been a part of the Sanctuary/Redeemer community since 2006. At the time, I was just beginning my undergrad studies at U of T in Music and Sociology.

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I found myself at a Sanctuary community lunch on a Wednesday afternoon when my class was cancelled – and pretty quickly realized that the same room I was eating in, was the same space that I had read about in Greg Paul’s “God in the Alley”. It didn’t take long before I fell in love with the beautiful quirks of the community, and was so honoured and excited to be invited and welcomed in! At the moment I am on the road to completing my Social Work degree from York. When I am not procrastinating, I enjoy eating delicious food until I’m bursting at the seams, and also enjoy playing sports and running – so that i can just eat more . I appreciate bad puns and curling up with a good book with a mug of hot chocolate or tea in hand. YouTube is one of my best friends, and i love musicals. I love working with children/youth and have the privilege to spend quite a bit of time working with youth in a worship/music mentor role; I will babysit your children!
Lyf Stolte

Lyf Stolte

Actor in Residence/Artistic Director

Lyf is very new to us here on Earth, oops, I mean, in Toronto. He joins us from the Prairies Nebula of Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon cluster to be precise. But seriously folks…. Lyf does join the Sanctuary team from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Having lived his life for the first 25 years in many suburbs and small cities, working with inner-city people is both a joy and a challenge, one that Lyf is looking forward to tackling. Lyf’s primary involvement here is in the area of the arts, primarily drama. Lyf trained as an actor in Rosebud, Alberta at Rosebud School of the Arts for three years. It is a theatre school with Christian values and professional teachers. It trains students in acting, music and the production side of theatre as well as providing classes in spiritual formation. Rosebud offers a unique approach to acting, a more practical and less theoretical approach. Rosebud was an invaluable part in Lyf’s growth both as an actor and as a child of God. It was there he received an e-mail from Greg Paul inviting him to join the team here at Sanctuary in a dramatic role. Lyf’s family lives in London, Regina, Vancouver and Rockglen. Lyf’s family has been involved in ministry for over 20 years now. His parents are with the Navigators of Canada. Lyf is honored to be a part of the team here and hopes that God will keep him here for a while yet.
Alan Beattie

Alan Beattie

Executive Director

Alan joined the staff team at Sanctuary in 2003 to begin working closely with Greg Paul, our founder and then-Executive Director, in providing administrative oversight to the organization as it continued to grow. In the Spring of 2013, Greg and Alan, with the Board’s approval, agreed that it was time for Alan to step into the Executive Director role.

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Prior to joining the Sanctuary staff, Alan had spent 17 years with R.G. Mitchell Family Books, a chain of Christian bookstores in Southern Ontario. There his high-school part-time job evolved into a full-blown career as he ultimately served his final four years as the Director of Retail Operations, overseeing all aspects of the operation of the five Mitchell’s stores. Alan and his wife, Colleen, have been involved in various facets of the Sanctuary community since its very beginnings at which point they were mere newlyweds. Since then, they have welcomed four children into their family: Aidan, Zachary, Cassidy and Declan. As well, Alan served as a member of the Board of Directors for several years prior to joining the staff, and also as one of the leaders of the Sanctuary church.

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