Welcome to Sonrise Church, our goal is to prayerfully seek to develop all aspects of our ministry according to the holy scripture, which we recognize as our only source of authority.

Here at SonRise, we are striving to live our lives so others meet Jesus. This may look a little differently for each one of us, but ultimately we want to live lives that honor God and draw people to him. Take a look at our Core Values and you will see what truly drives us. We actively partner with other churches and organizations in our community to make it a better place to live. We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, and maintain partnerships with churches in the Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware. We believe that none of us are perfect, but in spite of that, God loves all of us and wants more for our lives. This is why we proclaim and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit as our teacher, and the Father as our Source. We acknowledge that the Word of God is the infallible guide to all matters of faith, discipline, and practice.

Core Values

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.

History

Growing from a church plant with 15 adults to an average weekly attendance of over 350 has been one of the most amazing journeys I have ever been on. We launched SonRise Church in October 2002 as church plant out of Berlin First Baptist with 13 adults, my wife and I. We began in the Ocean Downs Race Track just outside Ocean City Maryland. We grew quickly and moved our services to Stephen Decatur High School in 2003.

We experienced amazing growth and witnessed many God-sized miracles along the way. We have shared in the decision of more than 300 people surrendering their lives to Jesus. We have baptized more than 250 people in baptisteries, pools, and the ocean. We have purchased eleven acres of land with an existing small church facility but are still worshipping in our local High School because of our size. We have thriving ministries for all ages and are evidencing life transformation in many lives.

All of this is so exciting yet the most exciting fruit of our ministry would be our daughter churches and partner churches we support. Early in our development we felt the call of God to Kingdom expansion through church planting. Being a church plant ourselves, and having benefitted by the amazing support of the BCMD (Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware) and other churches, we know firsthand the amazing potential church planting has to impact a community for Christ. As result, our vision is to partner with, support, or assist in starting one to two new churches a year. How? God! It will never happen apart from His power and provision. At this point we have committed 7% of our offerings to church planting. Our hearts desire is to be a part of movement of Kingdom expansion that changes the world! We are always looking for partners in the Master’s Kingdom Expansion Plan.

In addition to our church planting strategy we also are a multi-site church as well. We currently have two locations where he hold worship and plan to expand that strategy as God leads. If you are interested in getting involved in church planting or multi-site church, want to lead your church to partner or parent a church plant or just want to ask some questions about our experiences and vision, feel free to contact us. We would love to talk to you about it!! It is what God has called us to do until He calls us home!!