"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."
​Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

SARAH GRIMMETT

FORGED MINISTRY / COMMUNICATIONS

Sarah has been a member of Sanctuary for three years. After giving her life to Christ on a Sanctuary retreat to Gatlinburg, she quickly got the itch to start serving in different ways. As a marketer and graphic designer by day, Sarah uses her passions of creating, designing, and coordinating for her church. She also has a soft spot in her heart for youth ministry and enjoys working with Sanctuary's middle schoolers. Together, she and her fiancé, Ethan, love serving the Lord and the entire Sanctuary Family.

TORI EIKLOR

WEB DESIGNER / SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Hey! I’m Tori! I’ve been coming to Sanctuary for 10 years now and I dedicated my life to Christ in October 2016. I’m a dog mom and am working toward becoming a certified dog trainer. In the past, I have worked in the nursery, with Forged, and on the sound team, but I have since migrated my time to the website and social media where I hope to point people to Christ and His lifechanging love.

JOSH FORTNER

PRAISE TEAM MINISTRY

Josh has been attending Sanctuary Baptist for about 13 years now and has been part of the music ministry almost the entire time. He met his wife, Katelyn Fortner, here at Sanctuary and together, they've been called to serve on the praise team to which they've been building since 2014. 

JAY MOONEY

FORGED MINISTRY

Jay is the husband of Dawn Mooney with whom he has four children: Joshua, Alyssa, Jensen, and Amelia. Jay was saved on July 23, 1997, under the ministry of Pastor Rodney Hall.  Jay has faithfully taught children, youth, college age and adult Sunday School. On August 30, 2006, he surrendered to the call of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and since that time has served in and led various ministries.

OUR TEAM

MELODIE POWELL

LADIES MINISTRY

Melodie Powell has been coming to Sanctuary for over 20 years. She has two children, Tiffany (wife to Brandon) and Cody, and a granddaughter, Story, who is her heart's delight! Melodie has been involved in the ladies ministry since 2004 and has since been a group discussion and study leader, a Sunday school teacher, and director for the ministry. She has a passion for ladies no matter their age. And she desires for all women to know they are fearfully and wonderfully made, that they are designed and created for a purpose, and that God loves them unconditionally.

ETHAN KUPPERBUSCH

SOUND TEAM MINISTRY

Ethan dedicated his life to Christ 13 years ago and started coming to Sanctuary soon after. After a year in attendance, Ethan joined the worship team where he started learning to play music. Since, he has taken on a leadership role in both the praise team and sound ministries where he strives to use his gifts and talents to point people to our Creator. He is currently in school for interventional cardiology, after which, he will then become a cardiovascular invasive specialist.

JULIE MARIJANICH

SECRETARY / KIDTASTIC MINISTRY

Julie and her husband, David, have been married for over 25 years. They have three grown children and one grandson. Julie grew up in the steel mill region of Northwest Indiana. Her father was transferred to Atlanta in 1988 where she fell in love with Georgia's southern charm. In 1995, she and David chose Gwinnett county as home. The couple have attended Sanctuary for more than 12 years and Julie currently serves as the church secretary and director of kids' ministry. She has also led the ladies ministry and helped with marriage counseling in the past.

ZAC VOGT

COLLEGE AND CAREER PASTOR

Zac Vogt was born and raised in the great state of Georgia and served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years. He has been serving in the Youth Ministry since 2015. Zac and his wife, Chelsea, have been married since 2012 and are active in Sanctuary's foster care ministry.

SCOTT MULL

MEN'S MINISTRY

Scott Mull was born and raised in Gwinnett County, but currently resides in Loganville. He's an avid fisherman and has a love for classic cars. Scott has been a member of Sanctuary for 29 years and hopes to be a testimony to all men in their walks with Christ. He has a heart for serving the Lord, and sharing is love for Christ is his top priority.

Rodney Hall

PASTOR

Pastor Rodney Hall was born and bred in Dacula Georgia. He was saved as a teenager at Hebron Baptist Church. Pastor Hall served under Larry Wynn at until heeding the call to begin his own ministry. Serving at Pleasant Grove from 1991-1999, Rodney started Sanctuary in 1999 and has served faithfully since. He is dedicated to reaching the lost with the Gospel, providing a haven for healing of Christians who have lost their way, and a place where others, dedicated to God's purposes, can grow, and serve.

MELISSA ROWE

AWANA

Melissa is the mother of three boys: Carter, Patrick, and Mason. She was born in Duluth, GA and has attended Sanctuary since 2003. She has a passion for the children and believes, when children are grounded in the Word of God at a young age, they will be more likely to be the light for Christ that we are all called to be. She got involved in Awana because she wanted to make sure, not only her children but any child coming to Sanctuary is exposed to God's Word and love.

KYLE DUREN

FORGED MINISTRY

Kyle has been coming to Sanctuary since he was 5 years old and dedicated his life to Christ the summer of 2008. He's been actively teaching in Forged for 2 years now and started teaching because he believes, "Children grounded in the Lord at a young age will become great witness for God's glory!" Kyle has felt the call to become a pastor since he was young and is currently going to Toccoa Falls College for a degree in Bible and Theology to become a pastor himself. 

CIJI TLAPA

FORGED MINISTRY

Ciji has been coming to Sanctuary for about 6 years now. She and her husband, Michael, have three children who keep them on their toes! She loves traveling and has been running a successful photography business for the past 10 years. After giving her life to Christ under the ministry of Pastor Rodney Hall, Ciji felt led to serve our college and career girls, later becoming the director and even serving with our youth. She is currently finishing Bible college.

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