Pastor Eli was born and raised right here in Tucson, Arizona. He trusted Christ as his personal Savior at 12 years old and was called into the Gospel Ministry in the fall of 1999. After struggling with God’s call, he surrendered to full-time ministry in the winter of 2000. He then began serving at Iglesia Bautista de Sahuarita as their youth pastor until he and his family were called to Sonrise Baptist Church in November 2004.
Pastor Eli received his Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Andersonville Theological Seminary and was ordained to the ministry on May 2, 2010. In addition, Pastor Eli completed his Certificate in Biblical Counseling from the Institute for Nouthetic Counseling in 2018. He joined the pastoral staff at Sonrise Baptist Church in 2004.
Pastor Eli met his wife Denise in 1995, and they were married August 7, 1999. They have four children: Elianette, Evelynn, Nathanael, and Eileen.
Pastor Bernie Madrid was raised in Tucson, AZ. He heard and trusted the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the age of 21 through the ministry of Sonrise Baptist Church. Since that time, Pastor Bernie began to attend and grow at Sonrise Baptist Church. The Lord called him to preach during a men’s campout in 2015. He surrendered and began his ministry training shortly after.
Pastor Bernie completed an Online One Year Bible Certificate through West Coast Baptist College and then transferred to Sonrise Baptist Bible College where he is finishing his ministry training. All the while, he has faithfully served in multiple capacities at Sonrise Baptist Church and was called to be an Assistant Pastor in 2021.
Pastor Bernie and Francieska were married in 2014 and have been blessed with four beautiful girls: Isabel, Abigail, Anabel, and Giselle.
Pastor Daniel was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. After a personal study of God’s word, he was converted as a teenager and spent his teenage years in Sonora, Mexico helping his dad with missionary work. Shortly after his conversion, Daniel surrendered to become a preacher.
After graduating high school, he attended West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California where he met his wife Kimberly.
Daniel and Kimberly got married in December of 2022 and are expecting their first child.