Sunrise Ministries held its first worship service on October 19, 2003, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, MI, led by Rev. Dr. Dave Breen. At that time, 35 families were a part of this brand new congregation.
Two years later, in 2004, Pastor Dave had surgery for carcinoid cancer. Seminary student, Tim Breen, took a more active role in serving as a pastor at Sunrise. After he graduated from seminary in 2006, the congregation called on Pastor Tim to be the teaching pastor while Dave stayed on working with spiritual development and community care. Pastor Tim stepped away in 2010, accepting a call to the First Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. Pastor Dave then again took over the role of teaching pastor. In August of 2011, offices were rented that allowed us to establish a Ministry Center and base for staff office, board meetings, and youth ministry.
On June 1, 2013, Pastor Dave was called to his Heavenly home. Bob Wollam was contracted by Sunrise in September of that year to lead the church through a time of mourning and transition. In February of 2014, Pastor Bob was called and accepted the position as lead pastor of Sunrise Ministries. After 13 years, in April of 2016, church services moved from the Pinnacle Center to Hudsonville Christian Middle School.
In May of 2017, Sunrise will close on its first permanent home, when we take ownership of the Friendship Chapel building in Jenison and move our operations there. Full church activities should be taking place at our new location by the end of the summer, but stay tuned for updates. We are so blessed to be making this move after years of utilizing shared rental space, and are grateful to our friends with Friendship Chapel for allowing us to inherit their former home. We could not be more excited about what God has planned for this next chapter of Sunrise Ministries.
From the days of the first services and the early visions to the present time of excitement and change, Sunrise has seen our fair share of challenges and uncertainty, but also an abundance of blessing and hope. And throughout it all, Sunrise has held onto our vision of reaching out to the lost, the lonely, the bruised, and the broken, transforming our families, our community, and our world through God's indescribable grace and enending love.