Our History

Cathedral of Judah was birthed through prayer in December of 2004. With a small group of five founding members which met in a home to organize the beginning of this great "movement". 

Our first service was held at the Holiday Inn-North in Richmond, VA with approximately 20 people in attendance. For the first two years, he church held its regular Sunday morning services at 1:00 pm. 

We were persistent in service and in prayer even though times were very rough. For the first couple of years the five members held every office possible and wore several hats. There were several Sunday mornings where there would only be three people in attendance, however our Pastor preached as if it were to a million and the praise team sung as if it were to a thousand. We understood to be faithful over the few things God has given and He will call you up higher. We knew God had ordained this ministry so we patiently waited for manifestation

Our church began to expand and grow, and the hotel would not accommodate our needs of our ministry which God had birthed in us. From that point we moved to the Hanover area, with the focus and direction or changing the perception of “The Church of the living God” in every area that we treaded our feet. Service times moved to 8:00 am, and we began to receive an overflow of people. We then had to establish a bible study to continue to meet the needs of the growing church and the growing people. 

In 2009 the church moved into the Robinson Theater located in the historic Church Hill. In this new Renovated Theater the church rented a block of time to come together and worship. During our short time at the Robinson Theater the church grew tremendously in number, and began to search for a more permanent location to call home. 


June 2015, at our 11th church anniversary celebration, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, Cathedral of Judah was renamed and is now currently known as The Sanctuary- Richmond Campus. 

In January of 2019, Pastor Curtis led The Sanctuary RIC to the East End Area of Richmond. On the first Sunday of the year, the church began to hold worship services at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. The school is located in the heart of the East End. 

Since moving, the church began outreach every Saturday. Volunteers meet every week to knock on doors and pray with the residents of the area. Each week the church continues to grow and personally touch the lives of the people who live in the East End. 

In June of 2019, the Bishop Curtis and The Sanctuary RIC celebrated 15 years of  church ministry! During the celebration, Bishop Curtis officially appointed Elder Dennis Collier Jr as Campus Pastor and Elder Mykeia Davis as Executive Pastor. With this great leadership team, The Sanctuary RIC is continuing to fill its mission of Bridging Families, Bridging Communities and Building Bridges!


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Empowering Lives.

Empowering lives through the Word of God, to do that which couldn't be done before, to have what they couldn't before, and to be what they couldn't be before.

Changing minds. 

Through the power of His love to think with the mind of Christ and to influence through the ways of Christ.


Making a huge difference in the Earth.

Making a huge difference in their lives to make a difference in someone else's life.


Bishop Michael B. Curtis Jr is the Senior Pastor and Founder of The Sanctuary RIC and overseer of the City of Refuge of All People. Bishop Curtis is also the founder of GameChangers with MB Curtis, a group of faith-filled business owners, promoting financial security and business credit. Bishop Curtis is a Bank Manager and has served the community in the field of banking and finance for over 15 years. He is a proud dad of one son, Benjamin Curtis. You can check out his website at  www.mbcurtisministries.com

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