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Daryl McCready - Lead Pastor

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Hi, most people call me Pastor D and I am the founding pastor of SonRise Church. I have lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland my whole life. I live in Berlin with my wife Traci and our two girls Meg and Mandi. I also have an adult son Adam who also lives here in Berlin as well.

I am a second generation pastor and grew up in the church. My father, Berry McCready entered the ministry when I was only three years old. I have good memories of growing up in the church and I accepted Jesus as my Savior on January 20th, 1974 and was baptized shortly thereafter. I wish I could say that I have walked with Jesus ever since but that would not be the truth. Click here to read more of Pastor D's story...

Pastor Keith Hammer - Executive Pastor

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I grew up in New Jersey, where I became a Christ-follower as a junior in high school, but I have lived most of my adult life in Richmond, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland, before moving to Berlin. Janice my wife and I, my ‘youth group sweetheart’, have three adult children, Dan, Mark, and Sarah, and ‘soon to be’ six grandchildren.

Prior to joining the SonRise staff as our Executive Pastor in August of 2016, I served for 2 years as a Church Strengthening Strategist for the Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware, where I helped to lead efforts to strengthen local congregations in the areas of spiritual growth and leadership development as well as strategic and operational support.

Prior to my ministry at BCMD, I served 14 years as the Executive Pastor at Riva Trace Baptist Church, where I was responsible for overseeing all staff, adult groups and discipleship as well as church operations. I also served as the project lead for the funding, construction and relocation of the church to a new 65,000 square foot facility in 2006 and the launching of The Preschool at Riva Trace in 2012. Click here to read more of Pastor Keith's story...

Bryan Lloyd - Salisbury Campus Pastor

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Bryan and his wife Heather were born and raised in Salisbury and live there with their daughters Mallory and Zoe. He was the owner of several small businesses in Salisbury for 16 years that focused on contracting and real estate development until God called him into full time ministry in 2013. Bryan’s prayer is to see people grow in a relational way with God that will bring hope, healing, and restoration through the saving grace given to us all in Jesus Christ.

Pastor Mark Thomas - Princess Anne Pastor

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I feel so blessed to be a part of SonRise Church! My wife, Shannon, and our boys, Carter and Noah, live in Fruitland. I grew up mostly in Princess Anne, attending Washington High School and later attending Salisbury University, where I obtained degrees in Education. Click here to read more of Pastor Mark's story...

Pastor Tim Robinson - Youth Pastor

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My name is Pastor Tim Robinson. I am the youth and Evangelism Pastor at the SonRise Church Berlin Campus. My wife Alana and I came to Sonrise in May of 2011. We are blessed with two boys! Their names are Timmy and Evan.

I professed Jesus as my Lord and Savior in 1985 in my Sunday school class and have walked with Him ever since. I heard his call to full time ministry, June of 1998, on a mission’s trip in Montego Bay Jamaica. Cick here to read more of Pastor Tim's story...

Pastor Nathan Deisem - Launch Catalyst

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Having grown up a pastor's kid, attended Messiah College, and Southern Evangelical Seminary, and having served in a variety of capacities in several Church contexts up and down the east coast I have discovered my passion: to communicate the timeless and unchanging truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ever evolving, culturally relevant, impactful ways.

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Pastor Carl Moyer-Berlin Saturday Night Pastor

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Bio to come:

Jenna Legnaioli - Media/Program Director

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Jenna Legnaioli has lived on the shore since she was four years old. She graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2003, and received her degree in business management from Salisbury University. Jenna began attending SonRise in 2003 and came to know the lord shortly after. In early 2006 she began volunteering weekly in the office and quickly discovered her gifts and interests were in the creative ministries of the church, particularly video and graphics. In June of 2007 the Lord allowed her to join the SonRise staff part time and by January of 2008 she joined the staff full time as the visual arts coordinator. When Jenna isn’t glued to a computer screen, she can be found kayaking, cooking and on the occasional Netflix binge.

Terri Budd - Finance Mananger

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I was raised in Chincoteague, Va in a loving family with wonderful Christian parents. We faithfully attended church and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior in Vacation Bible School when I was 7 years old. I remained active and plugged into our church as a youth. I attended a local Christian school from 8th – 10th grade and then it closed down, so I went back to public high school where I graduated in 1983. Click here to read more of Terri's story...

Karen Goggin - Children's Ministry Director

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My name is Karen Goggin and I am the Children’s Ministry director here at SonRise Church. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania but came to the shore in 1979.

Not being raised in a Christian environment gave me too much opportunity to taste, touch and feel the world which caused me a great deal of pain. I came to know the Lord through a coworker while I was pregnant with my first son in 1990. Finding out then how much I missed not having Him in my life sooner gave me a hunger and thirst to learn all I could.

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Clayton Munsey - Family Care Pastor

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I grew up in the Washington DC area where my wife Carole and I raised our two children, Heather and Robby. I grew up in a family that went to church regularly but I went my own way and chased the things I thought would bring me joy, work, sports, cars and having a good time.

In 1993 while looking for a preschool for our son Robby the Lord revealed to me that it is not enough to know there is a God, you need to have a personal relationship with Him. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and from that point I have felt God’s calling on my life. Click here to read more of Pastor Munsey's story...

Brenda Paul - Administrative Assistant

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Coming Soon!

Dona Jung - Media Assistant

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My family and I moved to the Eastern Shore in 2007. My husband Brad and I have been married since 2004. We have a son named Dylan who was born in 2005.

After I graduated High School I worked in retail management for 20 years. Once we moved to the Eastern Shore I wanted a change of pace so I got a job in the medical field. During this time my love for photography and video developed into more than just a hobby for me. I wanted to pursue a career in one of those fields. Click here to read more of Dona's story...

Leonora Dillon - Children's Ministry Assistant

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I am married with three children. I have a degree in Art Education. I have had a varied of jobs including teaching for 11 years. I currently work as the Family and Community Program Manager at EdVenture Children’s Museum for the past 3 years. I also have been working at the Salisbury Zoo as an Education Curator for 7 years. -

Here at SonRise I am the Assistant Director for Children's Ministry since 2010.

Neil Helgeson - Property Manager

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I am happily married to Cathy and have 3 children, and 6 grandchildren. I worked for Merial Select in Berlin as Operations Manager for over 23 years. This experience and my love of the Lord is what ultimately got me the new position of Property Manager at SonRise Church.

I gave my heart to Jesus at age 33. Shortly thereafter, I was baptized publicly by Rev. Jay Hurley at Nelson's United Methodist Church located in Hebron, MD. I spent about a decade at Nelson's United Methodist Church serving as Youth Leader and Usher. I coached the Hebron Lions Youth Soccer Club for 8 years. We moved and spent over a decade at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury, MD. While at Emmanuel, I served on the board of directors, sang in the choir, participated in plays, and helped with managing a new 2,500 seat sanctuary. I also maintained and trained others to maintain the church HVAC and Mechanical Systems.

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Ken Wilson - Assistant Property Manager

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I was born and raised in Washington, DC and moved to Maryland when I was fifteen. I graduated from Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County in 1960 and joined the Army. I did an 18-month tour in Germany and then served in the reserves for 4 years. I joined the Maryland State Police in 1965 and retired in 1989. That was truly my “dream” job and I enjoyed almost every day I worked.

I married my first wife, Grayce, in 1963 and I have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. Grayce died in 1992 after a long battle with lymphoma.

After I retired from the State Police I did wedding photography for 13 years.

Even though being raised by a Christian mother and in a church going family I really did not have a grasp of who God was or that He loved me. At a very low time in my life I called out to God for help with my addiction to alcohol and God cured me and I have been sober for 35 years.

My wife Pam and I have been married for 23 years and together we have 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. We lived in Anne Arundel County but enjoyed coming to the Ocean and renting a home each summer where all of “our” children and grandchildren could come and stay with us. When it was time for Pam to retire, we moved to Ocean Pines, where we live currently. We joined an Evangelical Church shortly after moving to the shore and we were both baptized there in 2008.

In 2010 we began attending SonRise Church where I came to know Jesus in a very personal relationship. Since that time I have grown in my trust and faith in Jesus and He has put a burden on my heart to lead others to Christ. I have found another “dream job”, working for SonRise Church.

Mike Deisem - Teaching Pastor

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I am a servant and follower of the living Lord, Jesus Christ, my Savior and friend. He has given me a glorious and wonderful enjoyable responsibility to be the husband of Dawn the most beautiful and incredible woman I’ve ever known. I also have the privilege to be called dad by two wonderful children that love, follow and serve the Lord and who have given me the most blessed gift of grandchildren (currently 4).

I enjoy teaching God’s word to anyone who will listen. I love to hunt and fish and do projects around the house that improve our property. I currently serve SonRise Church as a discipleship pastor leading both the Pathways and Leadership Development Ministries.

Pastor Paul Nitz - Teaching Pastor

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I was blessed to be born into a family with parents who loved and served Jesus Christ faithfully. I remember praying with my father to accept Christ as my Savior when I was a little boy one Sunday afternoon after church. We belonged to the same Bible-centered, evangelical church all the time I was growing up. Dedicating your life to serve Christ however He might lead was something I was challenged to do many times, and when I was a young teen I responded to that specific invitation one Sunday at the end of a service. At the age of 16 or 17 I became convinced God had best gifted me to lead and teach so I enrolled in the ministry studies program at Bob Jones University after high school. While there I was grounded with a very deep respect for the Bible as God’s very Word and spent six years learning and preparing to teach others. I earned an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and stayed for graduate school finishing a Masters degree in New Testament theology. Click here to read more of Pastor Paul's story...

Pastor Jerry Wade - Retired Executive Pastor

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I grew up in the Wash., D.C. area in a very “churchy” family. I also attended religious grade school and high school. By the time I finished high school I had a lot of knowledge about God but no personal relationship. As a result, I made little room for God during my college and early career years. I graduated from the Wharton School at the University of PA with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business and for the next twenty plus years sought my fortune in the business world. I believed that success was all about getting more and more money and power. In 1980 I started my own real estate investment company. It was hugely successful. By all of the world’s standards, I was a great success. Click here to read more of Pastor Jerry's story...

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