912 18th Avenue Southwest, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404, United States

The Sanctuary Church & worship Center

Randy & Shelley Wallerich


My name is Randy J Wallerich I am 52 years old, I have been married for almost 23 years and have 3 boys and 2 girls and 2 grandkids. I have been involved with Church since I was 11 years old but never really felt the call of God on my life until I was 47 years old. Up until that point I was just going through the motions of going to church on Sunday and on Wednesday nights thinking I was doing what God wanted me to do.

               I guess what I am trying to say is for 31 years of my Christian life I pretty much did anything I wanted and called myself a Christian. I finally got to the point in my life where I was tired of doing the same old things and going nowhere, I was looking for meaning and purpose. I wanted to know that there was something more to life then what I was doing. God showed me that there was more. He showed me what true Love really is and felt like.

God showed me that being a Christian was not about going to church but about who I am. I called myself a Christian but never displayed a Christ like attitude. For years I would go to church but live like I didn’t even know God when I was at home, and I have come to understand that in reality I didn’t know God. I just knew about him. When God finally opened my eyes to what I did not understand my world changed. After a year of seeking Gods word and looking for answers to questions I had about the purpose for my life God brought me to a pastor by the name of John Hankins, he was about to open a church called The Sanctuary.

                  I didn’t know what all God had in mind for me at that time but I knew God wanted me here. Six months after joining Pastor John at The Sanctuary, I became a pastor myself and that God had called me into leadership not completely knowing where it was all going to take me. The things that I have seen God do over the last 3 years is just amazing. The most important things that I have learned over the past few years is to draw near to God and he will draw near to me, and to stay humble in everything I do. I feel so honored yet humbled that God would want to use me the way he has. A relationship with Jesus and obedience to his word is the keys to a true Christian life. To know that God loved me enough to send Jesus to die on that Cross Is more than enough for me to say here I am Lord use me.