Patrick Regan OBE has become the new patron of Welcome Churches, a Christian charity whose vision is for every refugee in the UK to be welcomed by their local church. Patrick is the CEO and Co-founder of Kintsugi Hope, a charity striving to make a difference to people’s mental wellbeing. Prior to his current role, Regan founded and led the urban youth charity XLP, where he served for 22 years.
Passionate about issues of justice and well-being, Patrick is delighted to be able to support Welcome Churches as a patron, using his profile, communication gift and influence to help inspire the UK Church to fulfil the biblical mandate to “welcome the stranger”. Patrick commented: “I am so delighted to take on this new role as a patron for Welcome Churches. What they are doing for the Church across the nation is very inspiring and I hope that many more churches will engage with their work and begin to proactively welcome refugees and asylum seekers.”
The latest published UNHCR statistics estimate there are 133,000 refugees living in the UK, with the Refugee Council recently announcing that 29,456 asylum applications were made across the UK in 2020. These figures demonstrate the huge need, and opportunity, for the Church to get involved in supporting and welcoming refugees and asylum seekers as they arrive in the UK. Welcome Churches runs an online referral network that helps connect refugees and asylum seekers to a welcoming church community.
Welcome Churches’ new CEO, Luke Goss, had this to say about Patrick’s appointment: “Having Patrick on board as a patron is such an honour. Like us, he deeply believes that the Church is called to manifest God’s heart to watch over the sojourners (Psalm 146:9). We are so thankful to Patrick for his support of our work, and for helping to raise awareness on how the UK Church can respond to one of the most pressing and vital issues of our times”.