Our Pastor


Pastor Romell Parks-Weekly

Pastor, Teacher, Author, Entrepreneur

Pastor Romell Parks-WeeklyPastor Romell Parks-Weekly was born and raised in Saint Louis (University City), Missouri in 1979. He became an avid student of Scripture at a young age. His mother recalls many days when she would come home from work and find him in the dining room with books sprawled out all over the table. But instead of school books, she would find him studying various Bible translations, lexicons, Bible dictionaries, and concordances.

At the age of 15, he began serving as the minister of music (teacher, director, and pianist) at the Pentecostal church where he was raised. He accepted his calling into the ministry of the word at 19. God blessed him to serve in Pentecostal, Baptist, and non-denominational churches, as minister of music, finance committee member, and eventually, elder. Through those experiences, he learned much about church and ministry operation, both in and behind the scenes.

In 2002, just before turning 23, he founded New Revelation Christian Church. But a few years later (in 2009), much of the congregation withdrew their membership after he came out of the closet as a gay man and made the church gay-affirming. Steadfast in his convictions, though, he continued moving forward. After merging with another small congregation in 2011, The Sanctuary was born.

Pastor Romell is both a pastor and a teacher (of the five-fold ministry; Eph. 4:11), and enjoys teaching the word of God with simplicity and understanding. He’s published four (4) books, three (3) of which deal with homosexuality from a biblical perspective. He’s had the honor of being invited to participate in conferences and workshops in Saint Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. He is passionate about opening people’s eyes to God’s affirming truth, and freeing people (gay and straight) from the idea that God doesn’t affirm homosexuals, or their relationships.

Fun Facts About Pastor Romell

Family Life
Pastor Romell married his best friend and partner, Damion Parks-Weekly 3 times. They came into marital covenant in August of 2012, were wed in June of 2013, and were legally married in January of 2014 (which they had to travel to Iowa to do). With the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, he's happy that no other couples will have to jump through so many different hoops!
Favorite Bible Passage
"Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that works within us..." - Eph. 3:20
Favorite Pastimes
Playing Cards (Bid Whist, Poker, Spades, Gin), Watching cryptozoological documentaries (anything to do with Bigfoot or aliens), and, of course, The Walking Dead.


"My passion has always been to have a church with the diversity of Heaven. And I'm so blessed to be headed in that direction. We have Black and White, straight and gay, from all denominational backgrounds, political affiliations, income brackets, and age groups."