Sunrise Church of the Brethren: Believes Christ is the Son of God, our risen Lord, and our example for living. Acknowledges the church is the body of Christ in which the gifts of all are used to do God’s work in the world. Affirms the value of all persons by sharing with them the love of God in word and deed and by committing to live peacefully together. Promotes spiritual growth through worship, Sunday School, prayer, and Bible study. Practices responsible stewardship of all God has entrusted to us. Embraces the Brethren heritage and practices. 

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
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Richard Wehrle – Pastor
Pastor Richard started his ministry at Sunrise in April of 2012 as the Interim Pastor. He was called as the Senior pastor in July of 2013. He received a call to Ministry later than most as he did not grow up in the church. He was baptized into the church of the Brethren in 2002. Pastor Richard is passionate about telling others how God and a relationship with Jesus Christ has changed his life. He is also passionate about reaching out to the community in whatever way possible.
Pastor Richard is married to his lovely wife Mandy whom he has known since he was 16 years old, They were married in July of 2002.. They have four children together Alexis, Dylan, Owen and Kylie. It was after the birth of Dylan that he started to get a glimpse of what God has in store for his life. He attended the Christian Growth Institute in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where he completed his studies in 2012. Since then he has been member of the Church Planting Team of the Shenandoah District Church of the Brethren as well as other District ministries.
Richard’s vision for Sunrise is to be a missional church that ministers to the needs of the community. He also wants Sunrise to be a place where anyone can walk through the door and feel welcome and loved.
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Stephen Farrar – Associate Pastor/Minister of Music

.Stephen Farrar is our Associate Pastor with special responsibilities in music and administration.  Stephen, a licensed minister of the Shenandoah District COB and a native of Harrisonburg, graduated with a B.A. in music from Eastern Mennonite University, with additional studies at Ohio University (Athens) and Baylor University.  Stephen, who feels a deep call to serving God and the church through music, enjoys reading, spending time with his family, sight-seeing historical homes, and following the Washington Redskins and Nationals.



Pastor Stephen