9:30 & 11 a.m. Sundays

JOHN JOU

john_squarePastor 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.

What I do: support and help lead family ministries (preschool to 20 something’s).

Favorite part of my job: preaching, teaching, and seeing the next generation fall in love with Jesus. 

Little known fact: I was born and raised in Germany, the city of Chicago, and South Korea.

I’d rather be: hanging out with wild life.

John joined The Sanctuary staff in August, 2015. He is married to Tiffany, who is an elementary school teacher in Joliet. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, and his master’s degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Contact Ronn: jjou@cometothesanctuary.org.

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.

Elders

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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.