Our Mission

We inspire and equip youth to love God, serve others, and impact the world around them.

Meet the Staff

Ben Sparks

Ben Sparks—Director

"Hi! I'm Ben, the director at Sunrise since 2016. I love creating a place where any youth can discover God's creation, learn about His love and salvation, and then help others do the same. Each day at Sunrise is a new adventure, whether training staff, meeting campers, or doing one of many behind-the-scenes jobs that make Sunrise an even better experience for kids."

Jared Buckels—Planetarium Director

"Hi, I'm Jared, the Planetarium Director here at Sunrise. I love helping people develop a passion for space so that they can develop a passion for its Creator and Savior. By creating an experience that showcases the wonders of space, I hope for people to catch a glimpse of the power and personality of our God."

Daniel and Abby Knox

Daniel Knox—Program Director

Daniel has served at Camp Sunrise since 2015, becoming the program director in 2016. Daniel graduated from Bob Jones University with a BA in Health, Fitness, and Recreation and a passion to serve the Lord by ministering to children and teens. During the school year, Daniel currently directs the sports program at Berean Baptist Academy. In the summers, Daniel leads our summer camps, where every camper can grow in a fun, safe environment.

Counselors

Our counselors are hand-picked young Christian men and women with a passion for working with youth at Camp Sunrise. Our counselors have passed extensive background checks and are well-trained. It's our prayer, and our plan, that every camper has a counselor they can relate to, who cares about them personally, and who models godly Christian living.

Our Core Values

Live the Bible

We base all that we do on the foundation of God's true Word. We study it, believe it, and apply it to every aspect of life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:21b-25)

Serve People

We serve the ultimate Servant by lovingly helping staff and guests in any way we can. (Philippians 2:3-8)

Build Community

We treat staff and guests like family, creating a close-knit community where Christ-centered relationships are made and grown. (1 John 1:3-7; Hebrews 10:24-25)

Walk by Faith

We rely on God to direct our steps today and in the future. We trust Him to provide all that we need to do His will. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Make it Better

We steward our God-given resources to continually improve on everything we do. (Colossians 3:23)

Let God Work

We share the truth in a distraction-free environment conducive to spiritual growth. We ask God to produce lasting spiritual change in people's lives. (1 Corinthians 3:6-9)

What We Believe

We believe that the Bible—both the Old and New Testaments—is God's Word, has no errors in the original writings, and was inspired by God from cover to cover. We believe that the Bible is the ultimate and final authority in faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the first man and woman were created sinless, in the image of God. But, because of the Fall, while all humans are still made in the image of God, they are also born with a sinful nature and are sinners in their thoughts, words, and actions. We believe that, because of sin, every person deserves not only physical death but also spiritual death (eternal separation from God) in Hell.

We believe that Jesus, God's Son, was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe that He is truly God and truly human.

We believe that the Lord Jesus lived a perfect life on earth, died on a cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, and rose from death, all on our behalf.

We believe that all who believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior are justified on the basis of his shed blood.

We believe in Jesus's ascension into Heaven and in his present life as High Priest and Advocate for all who believe in Him.

We believe in the personal, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We are non-denominational: We believe in the oneness of all true believers in Christ. We do not follow the special teachings or administrative authority of any particular denomination or church. We believe that God's Word is the final and only authority on all matters of the Christian faith.