Meet the Staff
Hi I’m Pastor D and I am the founding pastor of SonRise Church. I have lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland my whole life. I live in Berlin with my wife and best friend, Traci and our two girls Meg and Mandi. I also have an adult son Adam who also lives here in Berlin as well.
I am a second generation pastor and grew up in the church. My father, Berry McCready entered the ministry when I was only three years old. He served two churches, Berlin First Baptist and Crisfield First Baptist during the 33 years of his ministry. I grew up in the church and spent my childhood and in those two churches. I have many fond memories of growing up in the church. I accepted Jesus as my Savior on January 20th, 1974 and was baptized shortly thereafter. I wish I could say that I have walked with Jesus ever since but that would not be the truth.
After graduating from Crisfield High School in 1985, I joined the United States Army as a military police officer of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. During the years I was served in the military I walked away from the Lord and I am ashamed to say it, but I did not walk with Jesus or honor Him with my life for the next eight years of my life. After completing my tour of service with the Army I returned back home to Berlin and was soon employed by the Ocean Pines Police Department where I worked for more than thirteen years. For most of those years I did not seek after God nor did I obey His commands for my life. As a result, I made a total mess of my life financially, and relationally. In 1993 I went through a divorce which caused me to take a long look at my life and the path I was on. It was at that time that I realized where I had went wrong and decided to confess my sin and come back home to the Lord. Since that time, God has been calling me deeper and deeper in my relationship with Him.
In 1995, I married the love of my life, Traci and we began our relationship seeking after Jesus and have been on mission for Him ever since. In 1997 I felt God calling me into fulltime ministry. Having witnessed what pastors deal with first hand as a pastor’s kid, and the cost and stress that is placed on a pastor, I was not very excited about responding to the call. So I refused to accept the call of God on my life for a short time not wanting to acknowledge it due to my own fear and insecurity. Thankfully however, I surrendered to the call of God later that year. It wasn’t until 2001 however, before God clarified that call. At that time, I was approached by the Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware and asked to pray about considering church planting. I knew nothing about church planting or what it entailed at the time, but as I learned more about it and read about it, I became more and more convinced that God was calling me to plant a new church. After completing an in depth three day assessment process, and after much prayer Traci and I received approval for funding and support from the Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware. I resigned from the Police Department and was ordained in December 2001. My wife also resigned from her job a few months later in order for us to give our full time and attention to this new work and our young children. God led 13 other adults to commit to join us in this new church plant from our parent church Berlin First Baptist and so it began. We started at the Ocean Downs Racetrack in October 2002 and have witnessed great blessings during the last years. God has shown us His great and mighty power and provision again and again! This has been the greatest and most exciting adventure of my life!
I am so thankful that God allowed me to be a part of what “He” is doing here. We are a living testimony to the greatness of God. By man’s standard it is impossible that SonRise could have become what it has become in the last eight years. But, we do not operate by Man’s standard but God’s! AND NOTHING is impossible for HIM!