“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11). 


      Biblically, the pastor serves as an overseer in the Church. In Ephesians 4:11, the Greek word for “pastor” is “poimen,” which literally translates “shepherd.”  The word is plural and also seems to be united with the role of teaching.  With this in mind, the Scripture indicates that the pastor operates within a team of overseers.  Also, one way in which a pastor oversees and leads the community is through admonition and teaching.  

       It is not uncommon, in the modern Church, to view the pastor as an autocratic leader.  At Sanctuary, we seek to foster a culture of shared-leadership where the unique gifts of the ministry leadership can work in conjunction with the senior pastor in supporting the growth and health of the church.  We have senior pastors, Jim and Linda Shields, along with four other assisting pastors: Bobby & Margo Baker and Warren & Lori Clark.  This pastoral team rotates on a teaching schedule for Sunday sermons; they also serve the community by providing prayer, counsel, care, wisdom, and oversight for individuals and for the community at large.  



Jim & Linda Shields

Lead Pastors

Jim and Linda have served the community of Sanctuary as the senior pastors since its inception in 1994. Jim has a 20-year business background as a small business owner.

They have three children and eight grandchildren.

Jim and Linda began serving the local church in 1974 as youth pastors. They also have overseen marriage and family instruction and small group ministries.

They were called into the pastorate in 1992. Jim is licensed and ordained through Open Bible Churches.

Available by appt. during office hours T, W, TH 11-2pm

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Audrey McCormick & Joseph McCormick

Co-lead Pastor  & Youth Pastor

Audrey McCormick is an amazing woman of God devoted to serving Sanctuary and many surrounding communities in the Body of Christ.  Audrey graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Intellectual Leadership from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary of Simpson University in Redding, CA and was ordained by Sanctuary in 2017.  Audrey and her husband, Joseph, oversee the Youth Ministry at Sanctuary and seek to lead young people into whole-hearted devotion to Jesus.  Outside of Sanctuary, Audrey also works with Options for Women of CA as the Community Educator for the EmpowerEd Program teaching sexual risk avoidance to youth, and parents throughout this region.  She is a passionate and inspiring teacher and loves to preach anytime she gets the  opportunity. Pastor Audrey &  her husband  Joseph have been youth pastors helping to lead a revival in our youth group for 7 years.  Audrey & Joseph love to teach the Scriptures and worship freely.  They lead from deep wells of passion and relationships with the Lord. 

Warren & Lori Clark

Associate Pastors & Elders

Warren and Lori have served as elders at Sanctuary since its inception in 1994, and as associate pastors in recent years. Warren recently retired after working 38.5 years in the insurance business. Warren and Lori have three children and five grandchildren, all residing in Antioch.

Warren, Lori, and their family enjoy praying for people who need victory and freedom from emotional brokenness, fear, depression, and demonic oppression.

Available by appt. only. Request via E-mail:

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2250 Commerce Ave., Suite D

                                  Concord, CA 94520 


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