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Our Beliefs

Discover the beliefs of Sunrise Church.


Our Beliefs

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, in its entirety, both the Old and New Testaments, and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (John 17:17; Romans 15:4; II Timothy 3:16-27; II Peter 1:19-21)

We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; that they are equal in every divine perfection; and that they execute distinct, but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-4; II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 9:14; Genesis 1:26)

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, that He saves from sin and spiritual death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 3:16-17; John 4:24; John 17:5)

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teaching. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, future return for His Church, and personal visible return to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:2-3; I John 1:7; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19:11-16)

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 14:25; 16:7-15; Romans 8:14-17; Ephesians 1:13,14)

We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are saved from the penalty of sin, born again unto eternal life by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and brought into personal fellowship with God. We believe that this salvation is a free gift from God, effected upon the basis of the shed blood of Jesus Christ alone, that it is given by grace and received by faith, and that apart from Jesus Christ, salvation is impossible. (John 1:12,13; John 3:3; John 3:16,17; Acts 4:12; 20:21; Ephesians 2:1-9; Titus 3:5)

We believe that the universal church is composed of all born again believers, beginning at the day of Pentecost and continuing on through the end of this present age, and that the universal church will in heaven be the “Bride of Christ”; that the local church is composed of born again believers who have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worshipping God, ministering to the saints (fellow believers), evangelizing the world, and discipling new believers. (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:38-41; Ephesians 2:19-22, 5:25-27; Matthew 28:18-20)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the Name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that the two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41; 8:38,39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-32)

We believe that every human being is created to have direct communication with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each local church is independent and must be free from interference by an ecclesiastical or political authority; that, therefore, church and state must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. (Matthew 22:21-22; Acts 4:19, 29; Romans 13:7; I Peter 2:9)

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal blessedness of the saved, and the endless suffering of the lost. (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:1-15)

We believe that Christians should live by faith, yielded to and empowered by the Holy Spirit, for the glory of God and the well being of their fellow man, that their conduct should be righteous in the world, that they should be faithful stewards of their time, talents and possessions, and that they should seek to develop for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (Matthew 5:16; II Corinthians 9:6-8; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 2:14-16; Colossians 3:17-23; I Thessalonians 5:17-18)

Our Growth Process

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Spiritual Growth Process

At Sunrise Church, people are transformed as they experience spiritual growth by participating and contributing in these four steps of discipleship.


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Get to know the Sunrise Church Leadership Team.


Our staff is a dynamic and diverse team that facilitates the ministries of Sunrise Church.

Steve Garcia

Steve Garcia

Lead Pastor

I was born and raised in New Jersey. I thought God was calling me to be a television news reporter but he reoriented my heart from telling people the news to telling people the Good News. My ministry experience has been a Young Adult Pastor, Youth Pastor, Family Pastor, now a Lead Pastor. My undergrad is from Cedarville University and Graduate Studies from Southern Evangelical Seminary & Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I am married to Kate and we have three boys. I enjoy NY Sports teams, hiking, eating, coffee, watching sitcoms with my family.

Jeff Gonzalez

Jeff Gonzalez

Executive Pastor

I have served at Sunrise Church since January of 2019 as the Executive Pastor – Chief of Staff. I was born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California. I’m a 21 year combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps, received my Bachelor of Science in Domestic Security Management with a minor in Criminal Justice at National University, San Diego, and studying for my Master of Theological Studies at Gateway Seminary. Before joining the Sunrise Church team, I served at Saddleback Church, as the San Diego Campus Pastor, along with many other roles throughout the years in ministry and other churches. I’m married to Christine and have four children: RJ, Lexi, Zack, and Michael. I love double stuffed Oreos, hiking in the mountains and having family game night. I love all kinds of food, so don’t forget to invite me to your next potluck.

Anthony Riley

Anthony Riley

Executive Pastor of Adult Ministry

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  I have served in several ministries and churches.  I’m currently,  attending Gateway Seminary and am scheduled to graduate in May 2020.  I have been attending Sunrise Church since 2008 and have held numerous positions to include Campus Pastor.  I am married to the beautiful Deandra Riley and we have two kids Tyler and Aubrey Riley.  I love to travel and listen to jazz.

Mike Story

Mike Story

Executive Director of Administration

I was born in Pasadena, California and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. After working in government for over 40 years, I sensed the call to vocational ministry. I have Bachelors of Arts degrees in Political Science and Public Administration. I have attended Sunrise for 35 years and held numerous positions as Elder, Deacon and Spiritual Growth Teacher.  I am married to Janet with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. My hobbies are anything related to baseball either playing, watching, or coaching.

Keith Knight

Keith Knight

Executive Pastor of Operations

I was born in Pomona, Ca. and grew up in a great little community called La Verne where I met my beautiful bride Toni-Marie, at Bonita High School.  We have been married for 38 years and the Lord has blessed us with 3 children, Sarah, Amanda and Zachary along with 6 grandchildren.  I enjoy replenishing times at the beach with God and my family, staying physically active and spending time restoring my Grandfathers original 1956 Chevy Bel Air.

Ministry is a lifestyle with my wife and my entire family who Worship & Serve together at Sunrise.  I felt God’s calling on my life over 17 years ago to serve on staff at Sunrise and I’m honored to provide Operational oversight after 22 years in Corporate Management.  At Sunrise, my passion is to witness spiritual transformation in people’s lives as they daily apply God’s Word and the resurrection power that reconciles and restores broken relationships.  I attended University of La Verne for my undergraduate degree and Biola University for my graduate degree.