who we are
a bit more about who's involved
The Sanctuary’s work is made possible by a small but growing collective of Christian volunteers from different churches who are committed to loving God and loving others.
- our regular and dispersed praying community who daily seek to catch God's heart for each one in seven billion and to explore how this can be communicated to - and created into resources for - the wider church in the UK and beyond through our online outward focused worship resource library
- creatives and contributors who freely create and share their songs, writing, artwork and photography through the project (representing a mixture of very experienced professionals and highly gifted amateurs)
- volunteers who help lead in the daily rhythm of worship and prayer, run workshops and welcome those coming to join these, or other activities
- a vital and growing network of people committed to the project who provide prayer and accountability to the Sanctuary’s co-founders, Management Group and core praying community
- partners who work with us to deliver specific events or resources, or write guest blogs on their work
- supporters who gave generously to the one-off set-up appeal for the Sanctuary’s premises, or who contribute in an ongoing way to our small, ongoing running costs.
Our Management Group was formalised in June 2012 and is now made up of three Trustees and two other members. 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 for seven years – 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 events, which focus 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 for seven years.
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 freelance, specialising in creating communications, worship, and Bible-study resources for different charities. (Previous or existing clients include Christian Aid, World Vision, the Methodist Relief and Development Fund, Scripture Union, UCB, Embrace 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.
Before the Sanctuary, she worked for more than five years on church resources at Christian Aid. Going back further, she worked for local homelessness charity Watford New Hope Trust for more than two years after reading English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford University.
Fiona Schneider – Trustee and pastoral support to co-founders
Fiona Schneider was formerly on the Sanctuary's Management Group in the key liaison role with All Saints’ Ilkley over the use of the premises at 6 Church Street which they have so generously made available to the Sanctuary.
However, her involvement in the project has been much wider than this - providing crucial advice on the day to day running of the centre and significant pastoral support to its co-founders, ever since it became clear that the Sanctuary was to be based in Ilkley.
So in October 2014 she transitioned out of her representative role and took over as the Sanctuary's third trustee in place of Anne Garside.
Fiona brings a wide range of expertise to the role from experience as an obstetrician and gynaecologist. She currently works in Wakefield. Previously she has been a non executive director of Leeds Housing Concern from 2003 to 2011 and a clinical member of the Professional Executive Committee of NHS Leeds. She has an MSc in medical management.and is a Reader in the Church of England.
Kevin and Barbara Macnish – Management Group members
Kevin Macnish, PhD is a Teaching Fellow and Consultant in Applied Ethics at the University of Leeds.
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 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 outreach projects like the window 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!