CEO and Superintendent
Known for his strong sense of social justice and compassion, the Rev Keith Garner, AM is Superintendent/CEO of Wesley Mission.
Rev Keith Garner, AM
MTh (Oxon), DD (Hon)
Since his appointment to Wesley Mission in 2006 he has built a strong reputation as a public advocate on such issues as homelessness, household debt and financial stress and the care of the mentally ill and vulnerable. He is a strong media contributor whose informed comments on social issues are sought regularly.
In 2008 he participated in the Strengthening Communities, Supporting Families and Social Inclusion stream at the Australian Government’s 2020 Summit in Canberra. He has given evidence and made numerous submissions to government enquiries on issues ranging from suicide prevention to finance industry reform.
He currently serves as the Deputy Co-Chair of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness. He is a director of the Community Council of Australia which represents the not-for-profit sector.
Best known as an inspiring and gifted preacher, he has preached throughout the world—in Africa, Iceland, across Europe, the United States of America, the Far East, Burma and India. He has a vision for the Christian church agencies and mission and is a hands-on worker who uses organisational skills alongside an ability to delegate. His interests include travel, community involvement and sport.
Before moving to Australia to take up his current role in 2006, Rev Garner had more than 25 years ministry experience including the leadership of some of Britain’s largest Methodist churches encompassing their community services and serving on the highest councils and boards.
Keith Garner was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours for significant service to the community and being an advocate for people who are homeless and socially disadvantaged.
He completed his Master of Theology at Oxford University in 1995 and was given an Honorary Doctorate by the Evangelical Bible Institute in Yangon for his work throughout the world in supporting poorer communities. He is a former Chaplain to the Bolton Wanderers Football Club.
Keith is married to Carol and they became Australian citizens in 2009.