9:30 & 11 a.m. Sundays


What I do: Associate Lead Pastor

Favorite part of my job: preaching, leading staff, hanging with high schoolers

Little known fact: I am deathly afraid of sharks…thank you Shark Week!

I’d rather be: doing anything outdoors (camping and hiking national parks, fishing, playing sports or seeing live concerts) with my family and friends

Ben joined the staff of The Sanctuary in the fall of 2009 after completing his Masters program at Moody Bible Institute. He and his wife, Holly, have been leading the Senior High Ministry (Crossfire) at The Sanctuary since 2008.

Ben and Holly are the parents of two active little boys.

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Pastors & Staff

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.

Pastor Ben Wangler
Associate Lead Pastor

Pastor Ben joined the staff of The Sanctuary in the fall of 2009. Ben loves hanging out with junior high and high school students as the leader of the Thrive and Crossfire ministries. He also loves sharing what He is learning from God’s word on Sunday mornings. Read more.


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

Randy and Linda Smith
MIssions Team directors

Randy and Linda Smith are the directors of the Missions Team. Read more.

Cheryl Lynn Cain
Reach Ministries Director

Cheryl Lynn Cain is the director of Reach Ministries. Read more.

Jeff and Julie Holtz
In-Touch Ministries

Jeff and Julie Holtz are the In-Touch 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.

Jeremiah Higgins
Worship Leader

Jeremiah Higgins is the worship leader at The Sanctuary. He is a multi-talented musician who loves teaching people to lead a life of worship not only on Sunday mornings, but throughout the week. Read more.