Alan Beattie

Alan Beattie

Executive Director

Alan joined the staff team at Sanctuary in 2003 to begin working closely with Greg Paul 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.
Simon Beairsto

Simon Beairsto

Outreach Team

Simon has been a regular member of our community as well for the last couple of years and, especially through his attendance at our drop-ins, has already built many friendships within our community. Previously, Simon had been working as the Director of the Inclusion Program at Ontario Pioneer Camps – we are grateful to OPC for graciously blessing Simon as he left them to join our team.

Greg Cook

Greg Cook

Outreach Team

Greg was born in Montreal, grew up as a missionary kid in South-East Asia, has spent time teaching ESL in both Azerbaijan and South Korea, worked at Yonge Street Mission’s Evergreen Centre for Street Youth, did his undergrad studies at the University of Toronto (BA Honours in Political Science and History).

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Before coming on staff here at Sanctuary, Greg worked at Evergreen Centre for Street Youth and then at Salvation Army’s Bunton Lodge a Correctional Residential Facility for men. Greg has also taught English as a second language to students in Azerbaijan and South Korea. Greg really appreciates a good cup of coffee and a good book. Greg is also very passionate about living and working in a way that expresses the gospel, so that our society, my friends and my own life more fully reflect God’s love and peace.
Steve Hunter

Steve Hunter

Switchback Cyclery

Steve came on staff in August 2006 as a program facilitator at Sanctuary West, the employment training arm of Sanctuary Ministries. He oversees the administrative duties and noon meal preparation there as well as being a chaplain and leader in the woodworking and mechanical areas of the shop.

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He also takes an active role in helping at the Thursday night drop-in meal and facilitating any practical work around the buildings that comes to his attention. Steve’s previous journey led him through a career in long distance trucking, 7 years as a production controller in a manufacturing facility and finally the distinct calling of God to be involved in ministry at Sanctuary. Steve has a passion for spiritual freedom to be birthed in people and has worked as an Alpha leader and men’s small group leader for many years. He moved to Toronto from Smiths Falls, ON with his wife, Beth and son Daryl. Still in Eastern Ontario are daughter Katie and her husband, Jon and son Shane. Steve loves to ride his Triumph motorcycle and fix everyone else’s motorcycles with e-Bay parts. Camping, sailing and pedal biking are relaxing for him.
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!
Cynthia Leung

Cynthia Leung

Switchback Cyclery

I joined the Sanctuary staff team in 2013 when we opened Switchback Cyclery, a social purpose enterprise which provides dignified employment and opportunites for our community. It is a joy and privilege to journey alongside our folks as they slowly transform into the best versions of themselves. I love mountain biking and exploring new singletrack trails all over southern Ontario.
Mel Ng

Mel Ng

Artist in Residence/Art Therapist

Mel has been part of the Sanctuary community since 2004 and came on staff in September 2008. She grew up in Toronto, and loves this city and her friends at Sanctuary.

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Mel studied photography at Ryerson University and Art Therapy at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is passionate about how the arts intersects with social justice and how experiences of creating can inspire, heal, calm and draw people together. She is privileged to witness the resilience of her friends as they share their gifts of creativity.
Greg Paul

Greg Paul

Pastor

Greg Paul is a pastor and member, as well as one of the founders, of the Sanctuary community in Toronto. Sanctuary, a community in which people who are wealthy and people who are poor live, work and share their experiences and resources on a daily basis, makes a priority of welcoming and caring for some of the most hurting and excluded people in Canada’s largest city, including people struggling with addiction, mental illness, prostitution, and homelessness.

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Greg is the author of four award-winning books: Close Enough to Hear God Breathe; The Twenty-Piece Shuffle; and God In The Alley. His most recent book, Simply Open, offers a contemplative path for busy people. He is the father of four children, and married to Maggie, who has three children of her own.

“God has called me both to know Jesus more intimately myself and to make him known to others in the heart of the city … He has called me to find Him as a sanctuary for myself and to help create a peaceful, safe place for others in the midst of physical, emotional and spiritual danger … As a pastor, I am to be the presence of Christ, caring for the injured and feeding the hungry. As an evangelist, I am to proclaim the Good News, that Jesus is God, that because of His great love He died to give us life and rose again to raise us up.”

Aylish Chantler

Outreach Team

Tanja Futter

Nurse

Thea Prescod

Thea Prescod

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Thea Prescod is a graduate of McMaster University, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing. She has been a member of the Sanctuary worshipping community since 1999, and came on staff in 2003. She’s now working with us as she studies counseling at U of T. Thea has been commissioned by North Park Community Church in London.

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.
Donald Sturrock

Donald Sturrock

Kitchen Manager

My life over the past few years has had several major milestones. By far, one of the most significant was February 17th, 1998 when my wife Francis died of cancer. Another milestone came one year later when I first came to Sanctuary. After Francis died my life spiraled downward into an empty hopeless state.

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I was living at Seaton House and spending my days at All Saints Anglican drop-in centre. My entire day consisted of nothing more than eating and playing cards. I never thought about tomorrow, I simply survived the moment. After my first visit to Sanctuary I knew that this place had some special significance. I became an instant regular at the Saturday breakfasts and then later started coming to Wednesday lunch and Thursday supper as well. Sanctuary began to stir a sense of caring and hope deep within me. Today, I find myself the Kitchen Manager here at Sanctuary. My days are busy purchasing, preparing or cooking the drop-in meals. One of my favorite parts of the Bible has always been the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. I’ve always enjoyed food preparation and so I have naturally connected with that story. I love the fact that Jesus cared about feeding people. And I love knowing that I can serve Him by doing the same. Sanctuary has provided me a great opportunity to do exactly that.
Nada Thomson

Nada Thomson

Donor Relations/Development Co-ordinator

Nada first visited Sanctuary in 2006 and it made such an impression on her that, when she was offered the donor relations position in 2008, she didn’t even hesitate to shut down her successful organizing, staging and decorating company to join the team. Cultivating meaningful relationships between this community and our financial supporters deeply enhances the lives of all concerned.

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It intrigues me that, regardless of where people are coming from, be they rich or poor, they can benefit from being in contact with this place. Sanctuary truly lives up to its name. Overflowing from within its doors are unconditional love and encouragement, for everyone.
Rachel Tulloch

Rachel Tulloch

Theologian in Residence

Rachel originally hails from near Sault Ste Marie but has been in Toronto for the last few years during which time she has become well-connected with our Sanctuary community. She is joining us on a part-time basis for now while she is enrolled at Wycliffe College (University of Toronto), working on her Ph.D. in Theology.

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Because of her training, we look forward to having Rachel increasingly offering theological reflection through writing and speaking back to seminaries, colleges and congregations.

Jay Barton

Sam Sundar-Singh

Sam Sundar-Singh

Sunday guy

Rikki-Lee Martin

Rikki-Lee Martin

Nurse

Debra Barrett

Debra Barrett

Administration