Our Team

MINISTRY TEAM

CHRIS WESTBY – LEAD PASTOR

Pastor Chris and Sherri Westby are originally from Regina, SK and together they lead Sonrise Church in Surrey, BC. in the Metro Vancouver area on Canada’s West Coast.

They were married in 2009 and have three children. Their wonderful son, Ezekiel, from Chris’ first wife who tragically passed away in 2007 after a three-year-long battle with cancer, and their two beautiful daughters, Eden and Esther.

Pastor Chris is a gifted and passionate preacher and teacher of the Word of God and does so in a way that is accessible for everyone. He also enjoys working with teams of volunteers and staff who are dedicated to carrying the hope and purpose of Jesus through their skills and gifts. He is apostolically gifted and yearns to see the Church on mission.

Sherri is a specialized labour and delivery nurse who has a passion for seeing women raised up in the calling of God over their life and lead themselves in whichever sphere they are in. She is the leader of the local women’s ministry, SHE at Sonrise Church and SHE international, a burgeoning network of women leaders across Canada. She is fiercely protective over the body of Christ and she has a big heart for the local church.

Pastor Chris holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Management with honours, and they have both completed the Arrow Leadership Program and function as high level leaders. Pastor Chris in an adjunct Professor at Eston College and Pacific Life Bible College, and serve our fellowship (ACOP) as a Trustee.

BRADEN AND LISA DEAGLE – ASSISTANT PASTORS

Braden and Lisa moved to BC to commence an internship in August 2020 from Eston College, located in Eston, SK. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Eston College and is gifted in worship, leadership and administration. Braden completed his degree with honours and is gifted in worship, preaching, discipleship. Braden oversees Community Groups, Young Adults, and is a great gift to Sonrise. Together they love serving the Lord and enjoy their daughter Adley, who was born in spring of 2020.

CHRIS BOYKO – PASTORAL APPRENTICE

Chris is an energetic and passionate follower of Jesus. He worked for the BC Lions for over 10 years as the strength and conditioning coach. He is currently completing his Leadership degree at TWU. He oversees our partnerships with community programs and ministries, coordinates our Grow Nights, speaks, serves and does anything that needs to be done.

ASHLEY KIZITO – CHILDREN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Ashley Kizito joined the Sonrise team as the Children’s Ministry Director in August 2020. She was the Children’s Ministry Director at Relate Church in Surrey with Pastors John and Helen Burns and  has worked at Surrey Christian School as an Education Assistant. Ashley has also worked extensively as a volunteer with Watoto Childcare both in Canada and Uganda. Ashley has been married to her husband Gideon, from Uganda, for 6 years and together they have a sweet girl Suubi. She is passionate, energetic, and oozes love for people and kids!

JESSICA PELZER – YOUTH DIRECTOR & ADMINISTRATOR

Jessica has attended Sonrise Church for almost 20 years. She has joined us for the year as Pastor Rochelle is on maternity leave. She a passionate about serving our community and has a vision for the local church with a love for youth

SHALAN WIEBE – VOLUNTEER PRAYER DIRECTOR & ELDER

Shalan is a mighty prayer warrior who loves the Lord and has a heart for the lost. She is married to Gary and they have three children Jacob, Derek, and Vanessa.

MICHELLE SALDEBA – VOLUNTEER GROWTH TRACK DIRECTOR &  CHURCH ONLINE DIRECTOR

Michelle has been serving at Sonrise since March 2020. She directs the development of our online campus and the team of hosts that interact with our online congregation. Michelle has a depth of experience in all facets of ministry and has served in various staff roles at a previous Church. She hails from Jamaica and works as a family therapist with her MA in Counselling and currently working on her Doctorate. Her family consists of her oldest daughter Kiah, who is married to Mikee and have little Mia, and her teenage son Zion.

ANDREA YORK – VOLUNTEER PROPHETIC DIRECTOR

Andrea is a sold-out lover of Jesus. She values the supernatural life in the Spirit through Jesus and pursues the revelatory gifts as part of normal Christianity. She is a worship flag maker and serves worshippers around the world through her business, Catch the Fire Worship Flags. Andrea joined Sonrise in June 2021 to develop prophetic ministry in order to help others know who they are in Christ and what He plans for them. She is married to Gary and they have one son, Max.

JENNIFER GILFILLAN – VOLUNTEER PASTORAL CARE DIRECTOR

Jennifer loves to serve in every are of the church but has recently taken on coordination of Pastor Care. She is a mother of four, and wife to Steve. In her spare time, she is a student at TWU, personal trainer and piano teacher.

KEY LAY LEADERS

RACHEL MADU – CHAIR OF THE SOCIETY DIRECTORS

Rachel is a dynamic woman of God whose heart is for people. This is evident in the work she does in the church and outside of the church. She is married to Brad, who served as a director for many years, together they serve as Elders at Sonrise. They have three children together: Caleb, Elijah, and Flora. Brad and Rachel have led Alpha at Sonrise for the last few years and their heart is to see people have a life-changing relationship with Jesus.

AL MILLER – ORPHAN CARE LEADER

Al has provided leadership to our Sonrise Africa Orphan Care ministry projects. Through his leadership, local African pastors are caring for orphans, leading churches and developing sustainable projects to provide funds for current and future ministry.

 

 

SHIRLEY LIPPMANN – BENEVOLENCE TEAM LEADER

Shirley is committed to helping people who find themselves in difficult situations, she works with her team to ensure that needs are met and the gospel is delivered in practical ways.

BRAYDEN KING – PRETEEN LEADER (JUMPSTART)

Brayden has a passion for sharing the word of God. He is a passionate young man of God who is attending Columbia Bible College in his first year.

AMY WESTWOOD – MOM’S SUPPORT MINISTRY LEADER

Amy leads our monthly evening to support mom’s and their children. She has a great heart for supporting and encouraging moms to grow and resources them to become the women God has called them to be!

AND MANY MANY MORE…

There are many more fantastic key lay leaders at Sonrise: Worship Leaders, Children’s Ministry Leaders, Elders, the list go on and on…