Meet Our Staff

John Prohl

Senior Pastor
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Pastor John Prohl has been with sanctuary from its beginning in 2003.  He is a 1974 M. Div. graduate of Christ Seminary in St. Louis with CPE accreditation from the College of Chaplains in 1975. The first twelve years of ministry led him led him to hospital chaplaincy in Louisiana, West Virginia, Maine, and the U.P. of Michigan.  The next chapter began at St. John in La Grange, and led his current position as Senior Pastor at Sanctuary and Immanuel beginning in 1994.  “One thing I love about sanctuary is the freedom of expression of worshipers and leaders.”

Chris James

Executive Pastor
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Pastor Chris James has been with sanctuary from its beginning in 2003.  He is a 2001 M. Div. graduate from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and a 2009 D. Min. graduate from Nothern Seminary in Lombard.  He has spent his entire ministry in Downers Grove and Woodridge.   “My favorite part of sanctuary is the opportunity to create space for people to meet the Spirit of God in worship and allow Him to have His way shaping them into full-fledged Jesus followers.  It is a beautiful privilege to behold.”