When I was 20 years old and a sophomore at Saddleback College, I went to a christian concert put on by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. When Pastor Chuck Smith did the altar call. I accepted Christ that night. I attended christian churches sporadically from then on.
I worked for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. I worked the Jails for 3.5 years and I also worked patrol for 16 years. During this time, I started attending regularly at Ocean Hills church in San Juan Capistrano.
Also, I married my beautiful wife Kathryn, who was very involved in worship ministry at another church.
In 2005, we started attending Sonrise Christian Fellowship. Kathryn and I ran the newcomer table for a little while. I then moved to greeter for several years, while also being the youth leader for 6 years.
I was ordained as a pastor and I led the youth for another 2 years. I went on to be associate pastor for 2 years.
In 2015, our senior and founding pastor moved to be with his family in Knoxville Tennessee. The congregation voted me in as the senior pastor and it has been a privilege and a joy being the pastor at Sonrise.
In closing I want to add, Jesus is our reason for being on this earth. What a wonderful adventure it is, if you allow Jesus to guide your life.
God bless, Jim
Meet the Trustee's of Sonrise Church
From Left to Right
Tom Hartneck, Judy Parrott, Jeff Pulica,
Beth Burnett & Eddie Bledsoe
Who we are & What we Believe
Sonrise Christian Church exists
for the purpose of turning un-churched,
uncommitted and undecided people into fully devoted followers of Christ
Sonrise Christian Church will infuse life and God's love in people and families through engaging, powerful worship services and supportive, mentoring small group experiences. It's simply people - family, friends, and pastors - finding joy and making one another's lives better through relationships with one another and God. At Sonrise Christian Church, we achieve maximum ministry by applying God's Word to every aspect of our lives and sharing it with others.
What We Believe
We Believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative word of God. We believe the Bible is the final authority in every area it addresses for every individual Christian, as well as for the church collectively. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, John 10:35)
We believe there is one God who eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that all things were created by Him and for Him. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:21-22, Matthew 28:19, Colossians 1:16)
We believe that God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. That He was conceived of the Holy Spirit , born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, for He was without sin, died a substitutionary death for all mankind, was raised from the dead the third day, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God until His enemies are made His footstool. (John 1:1, 14, Matthew 1:18-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4, Hebrews 10:12-13)
We believe the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit regenerates and indwells and seals every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that He empowers us to live as witnesses for Christ. We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to His church today. (John 14:16-17, John 16:7-11, Titus 3:5-6, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 1:13-14, Acts 1:8, Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:14, 1 Peter 4:10-11)
We believe that as a result of the fall, all people are sinners by nature and in need of a Savior, and Jesus Christ is the one and only Savior of the world. That salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ. We believe that all who call on the name of Jesus Christ shall be saved eternally. (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:18-19, Matthew 1:21, John 4:14, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9)
We believe there is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, people, and nations. We believe that each local congregation is an expression of that church. (Ephesians 4:4, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Revelation 5:9, Acts 2;42-47)
We believe the church will be delivered from the “hour of trial,” which we will be “caught up” in the clouds to meet the Lord Jesus in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17,1 Corinthians 15:51-55, Revelation 3:10)
We believe the saints will return with Christ to earth, at His second coming, to rule and reign with Him. (Jude 1:14, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 20:4)
We believe in the resurrection of the dead. Some will be raised to life and some will be thrown into the lake of fire. We believe God will create a new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell. We believe that the throne of God and the Lamb Jesus Christ will be established in the New Jerusalem forever. (Revelation 20:11-15, Daniel 12:2, John 5:25-29, Revelation 21:1-22)