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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Kathleen studied Humanities at Carleton University and earned her Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. Although her small town upbringing gave her a healthy aversion to the big city, she landed in Toronto in 2016 through her work with the Government of Ontario.
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.
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.
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.