Jeff Marchand


Jeff grew up primarily in the Twin Cities area, but also spent summers as a child in St Louis, MO. In his teenage years, he felt the call of God to dedicate his life to ministry. After earning a Theology Degree at Christian Life College in Stockton, CA, he returned to Minnesota to serve as Assistant Pastor in the church he grew up in. Before returning to the Twin Cities to start The Sanctuary in 2010, Jeff also served as Pastor in Bemidji, MN. Over the years the Lord has blessed him with his beautiful wife, Sarah, and three wonderful children.

Walter Starr

Associate Pastor

Walt was born in the state of Washington and grew up in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The son of church planters, his parents instilled in him an incredible heritage of service in the Kingdom of God. Walt received a Bachelor of Theology from Apostolic Bible Institute, where he also met his wife, Rachel. They have been blessed with five children. Over the years Walt has served in various ministry capacities: Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and Associate Pastor, as well as serving in various district positions. Walt’s family started attending the The Sanctuary Church in the spring of 2017 and has served in the role of Associate Pastor since the beginning of 2020.

Jay Emerick

Student Pastor

Jay is a Minnesota native at heart, but is a transplant from his hometown in Champaign, IL. He grew up attending church at Apostolic Life in Urbana, IL. During his teenage years, he felt a strong call to Youth Ministry, and as he got older, the Lord began to lead him to attend Indiana Bible College in Indianapolis, IN. It was there he met his wife, Heidi. In 2018, they moved to the Twin Cities to serve at The Sanctuary.