Sanctuary started in the heart of our lead pastor, Rich Johnson. God gave him a vision for an intentionally multiethnic church in Columbus, Ohio because fewer than 5% of churches in the city are diverse. Weekly worship began February 2011 and we have become one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse churches in the city.
Within our diversity comes natural differences. Our reliance on the Holy Scriptures and the teachings of Jesus is what binds us together, while talking and walking out the differences that attempt to pull us apart. This important work of ‘walking it out’ isn’t always easy or comfortable. But it is the life-affirming work of reconciliation to which we are called; the restoring of our relations – first with God, and then with our neighbor.
With Jesus as our teacher and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are called to form a beloved community. We aim to speak with truth and grace, love generously, and create pathways that unite us in God's kingdom. This is the ministry of reconciliation and how God works through us so that righteous justice prevails.