9:30 & 11 a.m. Sundays

What I do: Worship Arts Director

Favorite part of my job: Coming up with creative ways to help God’s people engage in authentic worship.

Little known fact: I ran cross country and track on scholarship my first year in college. I can barely run 2 miles without walking now…

I’d rather be: at Starbucks drinking Nitro Cold Brew. Preferably outdoors. 76 degrees. Light breeze.

Ben has been the Worship Arts Director since August of 2017.

Ben knew he wanted to do music, whether CCM or worship because of the way it had such a transforming power in his life at a young age. His desire has always been to point people to the same peace and hope that he found in Jesus through musical expressions.

Ben grew up in Bloomington/Normal and moved to the suburbs to study worship arts at Judson University in Elgin, IL. During his time there, he had several worship leadership experiences. He worked at a small church in Aurora called First Christian Church for just under a year, volunteered in several ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, and finally began to work at Christ Community Church based in St. Charles where he was contracted as a worship leader at the three different satellite campuses, still leads worship for two ministries at the church, 20s night and Singles 30+, and had his formal 120 hour internship. In addition to this, Ben took part in several touring experiences. Ben had the opportunity to sit in and travel with two different bands that are based out of Judson University, Mass Anthem and Graveyards to Gardens. Ben also toured across the country with a well-known CCM band, Remedy Drive. Ben feels that at this season in his life, the local church is where God is calling him to be. The Sanctuary is the perfect fit for him.

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Pastors & Staff

Ben Kafer
Worship Arts Director

Ben is the worship arts director at The Sanctuary Church. His desire is to point people to the same peace and hope that he found in Jesus through musical expressions. Read more.

Pastor John Jou
Associate Pastor

Pastor John has been the associate pastor at The Sanctuary since August 2015. John oversees the church’s youth ministry, from birth to college. His passion is helping young people use their gifts and talents to serve God, not just in the next generation, but as an important and vibrant part of today’s church. Read more.

Pastor Ronn Smith
Lead Pastor

Pastor Ronn has been the senior pastor at The Sanctuary since the church began in September 2000. Ronn’s passion is meeting new people and sharing with them the good news of Jesus Christ. Read more.


The pastors and staff are held accountable by our elders. Read more.

Jeff and Julie Holtz
Guest Services

Jeff and Julie Holtz are the Guest Services directors at The Sanctuary. Read more.

Michele Smith
Office Manager

Michele Smith is the office manager at The Sanctuary. Read more.

Stephani Suwanski
Office Manager

Stephani is the office manager at The Sanctuary. Read more.

Rainie Curtiss
KidsTown Director

Rainie Curtiss is the KidsTown Director at The Sanctuary. She loves finding creative and fun ways to lead kids into a lifelong relationship with Jesus. Read more.

Emily Neal
Communications Director

Emily Neal is the communications director at The Sanctuary. Her passion is finding creative ways to communicate through print and digital media, social networking, video and photography. Read more.