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Mark Hilbelink

Lead Pastor

Mark has been the pastor of Sunrise since 2009. Originally from Iowa, Mark pastored in New York and Michigan before making his way to Texas. He's a graduate of Dordt College and Calvin Seminary. In addition to pastoring Sunrise, Mark leads the Classis Rocky Mountain region of churches and is helps plant churches across Texas. Mark played college hockey, often sets things on fire and knows his way around a guitar, often leading one of our bands. Mark is married to Catie, who is also our Sunrise Kids Director and dad to Mason.

Brittany Graves

Pastoral Staff

Brittany is a graduate of Truett Seminary at Baylor University and has worked with churches and ministries in several different contexts.

Ben Sorrels

Visitation Pastor

Ben serves the Sunrise community by visiting folks who are sick or in the hospital, leading music for Sunrise Kids and helping run our Food XChange. He's from Texas, but he served on the mission field in Africa and Russia before finishing his career with the Austin Public Library system. Fluent in Russian, Ben is a veteran and proud graduate of UT. His daughter Sara is one of our elders and he plays a mean bluegrass guitar.

Sharla Mikeska

SNYP Director

Sharla took over the SNYP program in 2016. She is a graduate of North Texas University and really enjoys creating programs for at-risk kids. She is an animal rights advocate and loves live music, traveling, the outdoors, the ocean and family time. Sharla loves long walks on the beach and being a part of the Sunrise team!

Ashley Rico

SNYP Assistant Director & Worship Leader

Ashley grew up as a kid and teenager at Sunrise and now one of our most-recognizable leaders. She became a worship leader at 18 and now oversees all our worship bands, as well as serving as the SNYP Assistant Director on weekdays. Ashley is mom to Nico and has her mom as her bass player.

Michelle Thompson


Hailing from the great state of Missouri, Michelle makes sure everything around Sunrise is clean as a whistle, which is no small task. Michelle takes care of Shelly, the daughter of her departed best friend and is one of the toughest cookies in South Austin.

Catie Hilbelink

Sunrise Kids Director

Catie runs our Sunrise Kids program on the weekends, but has a "real" job at a health management company in one of the skyscrapers downtown. She's married to our Lead Pastor Mark and mom to Mason. Originally from Michigan, she is a graduate of Calvin College and Michigan State University.

Roman Garcia

Worship Leader

Roman grew up at Sunrise as a kid and has led worship here since he was 19 years old. His regular employment is as one of the managers at the Salvation Army shelter downtown, but he's led our band to places like Houston, Albuquerque and Toronto. Roman is married to Sarah and his mom, Dorcas, is on our preaching team. Roman is a dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan and you may meet with him any time you like at the South Lamar Pluckers.

Charlie Stratton

Worship Leader

Charlie is the newest worship leader at Sunrise, although he's been playing lead guitar here for a while. Charlie loves music and loves sharing it with the Sunrise community.

Shelly Magnon

Hospitality Director/Treasurer

Shelly is a native Texan and a queen of all trades at Sunrise. She's served as one of our Cafe workers for almost 5 years and took over as Hospitality Director in 2015. She works at a bank during the week and puts her money skills to work as our Treasurer, as well.

Dennis Beistline

Celebrate Recovery Director

Dennis and his wife Maria help run our Tuesday evening Celebrate Recovery community. He is passionate about helping people find sobriety and answers for hurts, habits and hangups in God.

Patty Stevens

Prayer Coordinator

Patty has been around Sunrise a long time and you can often find her helping people walk through difficult times in their lives. Her dayjob is in the healthcare industry and we're glad to have her on our volunteer staff.

Liz Paz-Whitwell

SNYP Counselor

Liz is always leading a pile of kids - whether its kids at SNYP or her own crew of four. Liz has worked for various childcare programs in the city, is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and loved by all the kids she meets!

Marisa Cabral

SNYP Counselor

Molly Smith

SNYP Counselor

Michelle Falada

SNYP Counselor

Lucy Bennett

SNYP Counselor

Lucy has worked on and off for SNYP for years and is a former SNYP kid! Lucy grew up at Sunrise and has even served as one of our worship leaders in the past. She's currently attending cosmetology school in addition to working at the church.

Jen Hellow

Navigation Center Staff

Jen has worked with non-profit organizations around Austin for years, serving the most vulnerable. She is a graduate of St. Edwards University and helps connect disabled people to their Social Security benefits through the SOAR program.

Billy Hodde


Billy is the caretaker of Sunrise Farms, our backyard chicken coop and garden area. Farmer Billy has lots of experience with caretaking for chickens, which makes him very popular with kids. He's also one of our drummers!

Jan Pairsh

Navigation Center Volunteer

Jan is retired and a recent transplant to Texas. Most recently, Jan volunteered with homeless folks in New York City and joined us in 2017.

Jason Sprinkle

Navigation Center Volunteer

Jason volunteers Sunday mornings to make sure all our church folks - homeless and housed alike - get the most out of Sundays that they can.

Judy Ousley

Navigation Center Volunteer

Everyone at Sunrise knows Judy for her hugs. She has a passion for life, loves deeply and wants to see people feel accepted as part of the Sunrise family.

Sterlyng Jourdon

Navigation Center Volunteer

Sterlyng has been a part of the Sunrise community for a long time. He is passionate about everything he does and on the weekends, he helps us organize the many donations Sunrise brings in every week.

Tasha Drake

Navigation Center Volunteer

Nanci Donahue

Navigation Center Volunteer

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