Our Patron: Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
About the Archbishop and patronage
The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby has been the Archbishop of Canterbury since 2013. He has three main priorities for his ministry—Evangelism and Witness; Prayer and the Renewal of Religious life; and Reconciliation. Before he began training for ministry in 1989, Archbishop Justin worked in the oil industry for eleven years. He is married to Caroline and they have five children and four grandchildren. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, making him a prominent figure in the worldwide Anglican Church. As patron, he lends his profile and support to Sanctuary as part of an ongoing relationship to raise awareness about our work, especially in the UK.
Speaking on his patronage of Sanctuary, Archbishop Justin said: “Sanctuary’s resources are particularly needed as we recover from the impact of the pandemic. The experiences of people living with mental health challenges shape Sanctuary’s work, and is underpinned by thorough research and theology. I am delighted to become a patron of this innovative organisation, and I would encourage Christians to seek out The Sanctuary Course and run it in their community.’’
Sanctuary Ambassadors are leaders, speakers, artists, and authors who value Sanctuary's engagement in the faith and mental health conversation, and whose work resonates with our own. Sanctuary Ambassadors consult, write, give interviews, and review materials produced by Sanctuary based on their particular area of expertise in mental health, theology, and the arts. Sanctuary also collaborates with our ambassadors to share our work with a broader audience and to share important resources from our ambassadors with our own audience.
Sanctuary Advisors play a key role in our resource development. Advisors consult, write, give interviews, and review materials produced by Sanctuary. Their contributions reflect our commitment to developing informed and empathetic content that incorporates mental health, theological, and lived experience perspectives. Advisors may lend their expertise in a particular area or areas of training (i.e. psychology, psychiatry, nursing, theology, pastoral care, etc.) and may also offer insight based on their personal lived experiences. We are grateful to work with a variety of advisors who represent a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives in order to offer resources that are informed by multiple experiences and voices. The advisors we collaborate with regularly are named here.