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Our Pastor

Carlton Varnell has served as Senior Pastor of The Sanctuary since 1997. He and his wife, Melinda reside in the Chesterfield area and have 2 sons, Zachary and Kade. Pastor Varnell, has a sincere love for Virginia and it’s wonderful people. His congregation is a close-knit group that shares his passion for the lost and hurting souls in Central Virginia.

Reach Up Reach in Reach out

Our Mission

We are nothing of ourselves; We are merely sinners saved and changed by the grace and Power of God. We are a group of believers, a part of a larger church that Jesus bought with His own life.

We have different jobs, hobbies, interest and we all came to God through different circumstances and situations. When we discovered that is was possible to walk with God and live according to His word, we all agreed that it was better than the way we were living, and thus we became a part of God’s family.

Our Purpose is to provide a connection

for all people to Jesus Christ through

Worship,

Evangelism,

Discipleship,

and Fellowship.

REACH UP

to God in expressive praise, wholehearted worship, and sincere desire to know Jesus and to obey His word.

REACH in

to our members, guest, and visitors through anointed preaching, sound Biblical teaching, and genuine Christian Fellowship.

REACH out

to the lost , the lonely , the hurting, the confused, and all who will honestly admint their need for the dependance upon God, to help them discover God and HIS plan for their lives, while developing them into disciples of Christ.

What we believe

Fundamental Doctrine

The basic and fundamental doctrine shall be the Bible standard of full salvation, which is repentance, baptism in water by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.

We shall endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit until we all come into the unity of the faith, all the same time admonishing all brethren that they shall not contend for their different views to the disunity of the body.

About the Bible

The Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authority for salvation and Christian living (2 Timothy 3:15-17).

About God

There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God manifested in flesh. He is both God and man (Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16).

About Sin and Salvation

Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23-25; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9).

About the Gospel

The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. We obey the gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17) by repentance (death to sin), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (resurrection) (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4).

About Christian Living

As Christians, we are to love God and others. We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today (Mark 12:28-31; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10).

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About the Future

Jesus Christ is coming again to catch away His church. In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgment. The righteous will inherit eternal life, and the unrighteous eternal death (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11 15).

Our worship

We pray

together aloud because in the Bible we read,”They lifted up their voice to God with one accord” (Acts 4:24).

We lift

our hands in praise because in the Bible we read, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord” (Psalm 134:2).

We sing

with all our hearts because in the Bible we read, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:  make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise” (Psalm 98:4).

We play

musical instruments because in the Bible we read, “And all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments” (2 Samuel 6:5).

We clap

and shout unto God because in the Bible we read, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph” (Psalm 47:1).

We dance

before the LORD because in the Bible we read, “Praise Him with the timbrel and dance:  praise Him with stringed instruments and organs” (Psalm 150:4).

We testify

publicly because in the Bible we read, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee” (Psalm 22:22).

We anoint

with oil for divine healing because in the Bible we read, “Is any sick among you?  Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14).

We allow

the operation of the spiritual gifts because in the Bible we read, “When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation” (1 Corinthians 14:26).