Rev Keith V Garner
Keith and Carol came from the UK in 2005. Keith trained at Wesley College, Bristol and gained his Master of Theology through the University of Oxford. After 25 years as a Methodist leader in Britain, he was invited to be CEO and Superintendent of Wesley Mission.
His leadership at Wesley Mission involved 2,400 staff. A wide range of welfare and service provision was directed to the aged, families, the unemployed and homeless, those experiencing financial stress, addictions and personal crises. He was a director of the Community Council for Australia. He grew suicide prevention work in over 120 networks across Australia. He conducted live television Easter Day Services from Sydney Opera House for fifteen years and a weekly TV program. He is currently taking part in the launch of a Channel 9 TV program entitled “Helping Hands” showcasing people and organisations seeking to make the world a better place.
In 2018, Keith was a signatory to end street sleeping in NSW, becoming a founding board director for the End Street Sleeping Collaboration. He was an initial board member of the major religious organisations group SEIROS (The Study of the Economic Impact of Religion on Society).
Keith hosted two documentary series – “John Wesley: The Man and His Mission” which won awards at the International Christian Film Festival, and “The Man of Galilee” filmed on location in Israel. He produces a weekly radio message on United Christian Broadcasters in Britain.
Keith was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for “Significant service to the community and for being an advocate for people who are homeless and socially disadvantaged”.
Keith and Carol became Australian Citizens in 2008 and, after retiring from Wesley Mission in 2021, they live in Belrose, and Pittwater Uniting Church is their spiritual home.