The elders serve SonRise Community Church by working alongside the congregation in the various ministries of the church providing spiritual leadership and teaching to equip the church, so we all can do the work of ministry among our community.
Adam Powers: Pastor
Adam joined us in April 2014 to serve as Pastor to SonRise Community Church. His wife Holly and two sons Jack and Luke form the rest of the Powers family. They enjoy playing with their boys, watching movies, and doing anything outside. Adam and Holly met at Valdosta State University where Holly studied Economics while Adam studied Philosophy and Religious Studies. Adam has since gone on to study at Reformed Theological Seminary graduating in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. He blogs regularly at The Publicans, and serves as an adjunct professor in the Church Ministry department at Trinity College.
Chad is a husband of one wife and a father of three awesome children. He married Meridith in May 1998 and together they are working hard to raise Channing, Faith, and Nicholas in the ways of the Lord. Originally from Michigan, by way of four years at Asbury College in KY, Chad now spends his working hours serving the West Pasco community as a financial planner through his private practice. If not at the house, office, or church you will find Chad at the baseball or soccer fields proudly cheering on his children.
After a long search for a church with strong expository preaching, they located SonRise on the 9marks website in the summer of 2014 with his wife of 24 years and their two teenage sons. Dave is an avid sports fan and coached both his boys in baseball for many years. Dave and Terri homeschooled their sons and they have both moved on to pursue careers in public service. Their oldest son, David, is currently in the United States Marine Corp, while their youngest son, Jake, is in college preparing for his future career as a firefighter.
Jaymes was born and raised in Hartford Connecticut in 1989. He moved to Florida in the early 2000’s. When Christ brought Jaymes to repentance and faith he had a strong desire to find a church that practiced expositional preaching and found SonRise by way of the 9marks network. He enjoys reading theological books, teaching the kids elementary and middle Sunday school class, and being a clown with all that know him.
Mike Joas: Pastoral Apprentice
Michael was born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Liberty University in 2012 with his bachelors in Biblical Studies. He moved to Florida the same year and began working at Wawa where he is still working as a manager. He serves as one of our teachers for the kids elementary and middle Sunday school class. He is currently earning his Masters of Divinity through Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary.
Sam is a Bug slayer by day at Swat Exterminating in Dunedin, Florida and heresy slayer by night while he listens to James R. White. He has previously served as the youth pastor at Living Hope Baptist Church. He enjoys spending time with his wife, reading the works of Puritans, and long conversations on reformed theology. He serves as one of our teachers for the preschool age Sunday school. He is currently earning his Bachelors of Divinity through Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary.