who we are

a bit more about who's involved

The Sanctuary’s work is all made possible by Christian volunteers from different churches who are committed to loving God and loving others.

These include:

  • our core team who daily seek to catch God's heart for each one in seven billion and to explore how this can be shared with the wider church (through developing outward focused worship resources and leading the dispersed prayer rhythm) and with those who don't know him yet (through creative outreach projects)
  • creatives and contributors who freely create and share their songs, writing, artwork or photography to enrich our resource library or contribute to our team's creative outreach work
  • our dispersed praying community who not only join in with our core team's prayer rhythm remotely when they can, but also provide prayer support for the Sanctuary
  • supporters who contribute in an ongoing way to our small running costs.

Our Management Group was formalised in June 2012 and is currently made up of three Trustees and one other member. The Management Group meets at least once a term and keeps in regular contact between these times.

It carries the spiritual oversight and responsibility for keeping the Sanctuary focused on its core vision and mission, developing new thinking and practice and ensuring its volunteers and work get sufficient pastoral and practical support respectively.  

The Sanctuary’s Management Group

Jill Andrews - Trustee and co-founder

Together with co-founder Liz Baddaley, Jill is responsible for the day to day running and oversight of the Sanctuary. She has been involved with the project ever since the vision began in April 2009.

Jill is passionate about leading people in intercession and creative prayer. She is also an experienced small group leader and facilitator, and loves helping others to discover more of God through prayer, fellowship and discussion.

Jill has a heart for God's creation, and for helping people understand the importance of caring for his world. She longs to see people bring creation-care into their worship, and has devoted considerable time to developing resources, and leading prayer, which focuses on this issue.

Between December 2006 and June 2012, she worked for Friends of the Earth, a leading environmental charity, focusing mainly on resourcing activists. Now she works part-time for a local business, which has enabled her to free up much more time to give to the Sanctuary.

Going back further, she worked as a Chartered Surveyor specialising in rural property management for five years after reading Geography and Land Economy at Downing College, Cambridge University.

Liz Baddaley - Trustee and co-founder

Together with Jill Andrews, Liz is responsible for the day to day running and oversight of the Sanctuary. She has also been involved with the project since the beginning.

Liz is a worship leader and song-writer who is passionate about pursuing the presence of God, catching his heart for intercession, mission and justice, and exploring the many ways and media we can worship him with.

She is also an experienced writer and editor. When she isn't creating content for the Sanctuary, she works in developing worship and Bible-study resources and other key communications for other charities. (Previous or existing employment and/or clients include Christian Aid, Embrace the Middle East, World Vision, the Methodist Church, Scripture Union, UCB and The Children's Society.) Her first work of fiction, The Finding of Freddie Perkins, was published by A&C Black (Bloomsbury) in May 2013.

She read
English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford University.

Kevin Macnish – Trustee

Kevin Macnish, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He divides his time between the Netherlands and Nidderdale.

He has worked with the European Commission and several UK parliamentary committees, and has been interviewed on national television and radio in relation to his research.

He has also been a civil servant in the UK and the US, and helped to start a church in Florence which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Kevin has degrees in Philosophy, International Relations, and Theology.

Kevin is thrilled to be able to offer his experience and skills to help develop some of the thinking and ideas that underpin the Sanctuary.

Barbara Macnish – Management Group member

Barbara is married to Kevin and comes to the Sanctuary from a visual and creative arts background.

She is currently a team development coach with the business she founded - Triquester Teams - and loves working with teams and individuals to develop their environments for maximum growth and productivity.

Before this she has been a middle school
Art and English teacher in inner city Baltimore; a picture framer; the Office Manager for the executive team at World Relief; and a church planter in Florence, Italy.

She especially loves her involvement with creative projects at the Sanctuary such as regularly contributing original artwork to creative evangelism projects and undertaking creative writing for the Sanctuary's outward focused worship resource library.

Barbara and Kevin have two human children and a third that's rather hairier!