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9:30 a.m.  Worship, Word & Sunday School  

10:30 a.m.  Worship, Word & Kids Church        


7:30 p.m. Bible Study  

The Sanctuary

505 Lakeview Ave.

Colonial Heights VA  23834




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Pastor Carlton & Melinda Varnell

Pastor Carlton M Varnell was Born in Columbia, LA on May 11th 1965, to Rev and Mrs Carl H Varnell.

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The first thirteen years of his life was spent in the United States while his parents either started churches or pastored existing works. Most of the churches were in the deep southern portion of the United States, from Georgia to Mississippi.

At the age of thirteen, Rev. Carl H. Varnell, the father of our pastor felt the call of God to the mission field in Asia, specifically the Philippine Islands.

Pastor Varnell spent approximately four and a half years of his young life with his parents doing missions work. Upon returning to the United States he moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where he entered Seminary at Jackson College of Ministries.

He graduated from Jackson College Ministries in 1987 with a Bachelor of Theological Studies.

He began his evangelistic work almost immediately afterwards. He evangelized for approximately twelve and a half years.

He assumed the pastorate of The Sanctuary, Petersburg Virginia, on Christmas day of 1997, and he remains the Senior Pastor of this wonderful congregation. He has stated on many occasions his love for Virginia and it’s wonderful people. His congregation is a close knit group that shares his passion for the lost and hurting souls of Central Virginia.

He married Melinda M. Varnell on September 19, 1997. She was born and raised in Southern California. She is the daughter of Carlton and Linda Jones.

She was heavily involved in ministry in the church her grandparents, Lee and Alta Davis pastored in Riverside, California. She graduated in 1994 from California Baptist University with her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.

In September of 1999, they were blessed with an adorable baby boy, Zachary Dane.

Then again in January of 2002, came another little handsome man into their lives, Grayson Kade.  These two wonderful young men bring immeasurable joy and fulfillment to Pastor and Sister Varnell’s lives.  

Ministry Involvement


Evangelist 1987-1999






Pastor the Sanctuary 1997-Current