Pastor Joe Stoppelbein


Pastor Joe was born and raised in Charleston, SC.  By God’s grace, he put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation at the age of six years old.  After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Army ROTC at the University of South Carolina.  Upon graduating with a B.S. in Statistics in 1996, he was commissioned in the United States Army.  While stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, God called him into the ministry and after completing his four years of service in 2000, he surrendered his commission to go to Bible College.

Pastor Joe attended Desert Baptist Bible College in Gilbert, AZ, where he earned both his B.A. in Pastoral Theology and his M.A. in Theology.  After his studies there, he accepted the call to Southwest Bible Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ in July of 2002.  Shortly after (in 2004), the church’s name was changed to Sonrise Baptist Church.

Every year since that time, Sonrise Baptist Church has continued to progress in spiritual growth, souls attending, and supported missionaries.  Pastor Joe has a heart for soulwinning, missions, and discipleship. Through God's abundant grace Sonrise Baptist Church will continue to grow for many years to come. 

Pastor Joe is married to his wonderful wife Heather, and they have been blessed with six sons and two daughters.