About SonRise Church

 

SonRise Church was started in October 2002 by our lead pastor Daryl McCready, his wife Traci, and 13 other adults from Berlin First Baptist Church. The church began meeting in the Ocean Downs Horse Track just outside Ocean City Maryland due to a lack of available options for facilities at the time. One of the things that is unique about most of our SonRise locations is our Café Style worship environments.  This began because the room we used at the Horse Track that first year had very heavy marble top tables in the space we used for worship.  Knowing we would only be there temporarily we decided to sit at tables instead of moving them every week and our café style of worship was born. We discovered that café style worship environments really breakdown walls for the unchurched and create a much more relaxed and casual atmosphere. Most of our worship locations are Café style. It is our preferred worship environment but sometimes facilities and circumstance require other setup styles.

We have always been passionate about expanding Gods Kingdom.  From the very beginning we felt the call of God to be intentional about Kingdom expansion through church planting. Being a church plant ourselves, and having benefitted by the support of other partners, we know firsthand the amazing potential church planting has to impact a community for Christ. As result, SonRise has partnered with and supported more than 20 new church plants since our beginning!  We partner through financial support, mission support, and coaching by our lead pastor when requested. As a church, we set aside a percentage of our offerings for this purpose. Our heart desire is to be a part of a movement of Kingdom expansion that changes the world!

In addition to our passion for church planting, we are also a multi-site church. In 2014 we launched our second campus in Salisbury with Pastor Bryan Lloyd. Utilizing the live preaching model, every campus of our church has a primary teacher or leader called a Campus Pastor assigned.  All of our campuses are guided by SonRise’s core values and our mission as a church. In addition, all Campus Pastors follow a shared preaching calendar which we create together. In this way, we move as one body on one mission.  In 2016 we launched our third campus in Princess Anne with Pastor Mark Thomas and Pastor Nathan Deisem (our Multi-site Launch Catalyst).  Then in 2017 we launched a Saturday Night venue at our Berlin Campus with Pastor Carl Moyer.  It is our vision to continue to add campuses as God leads and provides.

Our church enjoys a sweet spirit of unity and shared mission.  Every campus is committed to loving and serving the communities we are planted in with an Open Hand.  Since we believe we belong to God and all we have use of is His, we strive to live lives of generosity in our communities with the ultimate motive of earning the right to share the Gospel with as many as we can! We are intentional to seek out opportunities to serve the schools, local government, and communities where we are located.  We are an active church on a urgent mission that has eternal implications.

As a result, God has blessed us with great opportunities.  We have continued to experience consistent growth and have witnessed many God-sized miracles along the way. We have shared in the decision of more than 800 people surrendering their lives to Jesus and have baptized more than 800 people as well in baptisteries, pools, and in the ocean.  God is on the move at SonRise and we believe we are just getting started!  Welcome to our church!

Core Values

Our Core Values shape and direct our ministry.  These Biblical values are the basis for who we feel God has called and commissioned us to be as a church.  We are very passionate about these values and work hard to ensure we are holding to them as we move forward.

Evangelism

We do anything short of sin to connect people to Jesus.

Worship

Worship is why we exist. We refuse to insult God by only worshipping on Sunday morning.

Relationships

We love each other like Jesus loves us.

Multiplication

Every site, every ministry, every servant multiplies.

Discipleship

We live like Jesus and we make disciples who make disciples who make disciples....

Truth

If God’s word says it, we believe it & obey it.

Prayer

We passionately seek God in prayer because prayer changes everything.

Open Hand

We believe God’s blesses us to bless others.

Kingdom Cooperation

We can accomplish infinitely more for God’s kingdom by working together.