Pastor Joe was born and raised in Charleston, SC, where he put his faith in Jesus Christ at 6 years old. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, he was commissioned in the US Army and stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. It was here that God called him into full-time ministry. Pastor Joe surrendered his commission in 2000 and attended Desert Baptist Bible College, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Theology and his Master’s in Theology.
Pastor Joe was called to Sonrise Baptist Church in July of 2002, where he was also ordained into the Gospel Ministry. By God’s grace, Sonrise has continued to grow in spiritual maturity, missions outreach, and ministry development.
Pastor Joe was married to Heather in August of 2001, and they have been blessed with eight children: Luke, Jack, Katie, Isaac, Caleb, Caroline, Josiah, and Ryan.
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 has served as the youth pastor at Sonrise since 2004 and has been the Spanish pastor since the founding of the Spanish Ministry in 2008.
Pastor Eli met his wife Denise in 1995, and they were married August 8, 1999. They have four children: Elianette, Evelynn, Nathanael, and Eileen.
Pastor Bernie was raised in Tucson, AZ from a young age. He placed his faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 21 after Pastor Eli shared the gospel with him. Since that time, Pastor Bernie began to attend and grow at Sonrise Baptist Church. As he was growing and serving, the Lord called him to preach during a men’s campout in 2015. He immediately surrendered and began his ministry training shortly after.
Pastor Bernie completed an Online One Year Bible Certificate through West Coast Baptist College. He 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. For this reason, he was called to be the Assistant Pastor at Sonrise Baptist Church in 2021.
Pastor Bernie and Francieska were married in 2014 and have been blessed with three beautiful girls: Isabel, Abigail, and Anabel.