Sonrise Baptist Church started in 2002 with the goal of sharing and living Jesus Christ in Ozark, Christian County, and in the Springfield Metro.
February 24, 2002 a group of twelve people met at the home of Pastor Kevin for our first “unofficial” service. Those that attended and became the first members of Sonrise came from both the Cherry Street Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri and the Park Crest Baptist Church in Springfield. Cherry Street under the direction of Pastor Ken Gillming was the planting church for Sonrise. Pastor Kevin had been the Senior Adult Pastor there for six years, Pastor Wayne was working with the single adults, and Pastor Eric was serving in the music ministry. Pastor Craig and Pastor Brad both were ministering at Park Crest. The other two members present were Jack and Marilyn Drury from Cherry Street. Sonrise began on March 31, 2002. What a joy that first service was as we met in a 1000 square foot building on the north side of Ozark. Who knew then how exciting it would be in the days ahead.