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 V Garner AM
MTh (Oxon), DD (Hon)
Since his appointment to Wesley Mission in 2006 Keith Garner has built a strong reputation as a public advocate on such issues as homelessness, household debt and financial stress, in addition to the care of the mentally ill and vulnerable. He is a strong media contributor whose informed comments on social issues are sought regularly.
His television program, Wesley Impact! TV is shown nationally each week on the Nine Network and Praise, Prayer and Preaching program on the Australian Christian Channel. Keith records a 10-minute radio program which is broadcast across the world by United Christian Broadcasters. He has written a number of books, as well as hosting award-winning documentary films including John Wesley, The Man and his Mission, and a six-part series, Jesus, the Man of Galilee.
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 inquiries on issues ranging from suicide prevention to finance industry reform.
Keith served as the Deputy Co-Chair of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness for eight years. He is a director of the Community Council of Australia which represents the not-for-profit sector. He became the President of the Rotary Club of Sydney in July 2018 leading a President’s Project ‘Building Resilience in Mental Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention’. Keith is a Board member of the major religious organisations’ group SEIROS (The Study of the Economic Impact of Religion on Society).
Keith is an inaugural Director of End Street Sleeping Collaboration Limited. This is an important Board addressing a critical area of service in which he and Wesley Mission are committed to engage, to reduce homelessness in Sydney and across the state.
Best known as an inspiring and gifted preacher, Keith has preached throughout the world. He has a vision for Christian church agencies and mission using leadership and organisational skills alongside an ability to delegate.
Before moving to Australia to take up his current role in 2006, Keith had more than 25 years ministry experience, including the leadership of some of Britain’s largest Methodist churches and sat on numerous councils and boards. Keith was awarded a 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.
Keith’s formation training was at Wesley College Bristol and he later completed his Master of Theology through the University of Oxford. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Evangelical Bible Seminary in Yangon for work throughout the world in supporting poorer communities.
Keith is married to Carol and they became Australian citizens in 2008.