Who We Are

Who are we at Sunrise?

  • We are called to serve as an outpost of heaven in Holly Springs, NC
  • We strive to touch your heart and stretch your mind.
  • We accept you as you are, while challenging you to be all that God is calling you to be.
  • We are a congregation that gathers to worship, learn, and fellowship, then scatters to serve others in the name of Jesus Christ.

As Christians we believe:

  • In God the Father, in whose image you are formed, who loves you, and wants to be in relationship with you.
  • In Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father. Jesus was crucified for your sins, he died and was buried. On the third day He rose from the dead and is your only hope for salvation.
  • In the Holy Spirit who is sent to comfort you and teach you until Jesus comes again. It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that you can have faith and can lead a life of Christian discipleship.

As United Methodists, We believe:

  • In experiencing God’s abundant grace in our daily lives- not because we have done anything to deserve it, but because it’s God’s gift to us.
  • We are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world — we believe that faithful Christians have the power to make God’s kingdom visible on earth.
  • In a connected church – one that can do outreach and service better together.  We connect with others in our area, state, nation, and around the world to work together for God’s kingdom.

Our History

The mid 1990’s saw tremendous growth in Central North Carolina, especially in Wake County. The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church recognized the opportunities to meet the needs of the growing population by starting a new Church in the rapidly developing area between Fuquay Varina and Holly Springs. On November 3, 1996 Pastor Gary Allred led Sunrise United Methodist Church’s first worship service at the Holly Springs Elementary School to a congregation of about 80 people. One year later (almost to the day) Sunrise UMC celebrated its official charter by recognizing 86 individuals as charter members. About a dozen of those folks are still worshiping at Sunrise today.  In 1998 Sunrise purchased the land we currently reside on and shortly after, the Vision of our current facility began to take shape. We broke ground on this facility in June of 2000 and held our first worship service in it on Easter Sunday 2001. In 2003 Sunrise UMC began a new chapter as Pastor Ross Carter succeeded our founding Pastor. Our Adult, Youth, and Children’s ministries began to thrive with continued membership growth and in the spring 2007, we added the modular classroom pod to help accommodate that growth.  In July 2011, Pastor Tom Newman was appointed to lead Sunrise at which time we had almost 600 members. Our Congregation continues to increase, we have a weekly communion service on Saturday and two worship services on Sunday morning as well as a large Sunday school program which required Sunrise to pursue a parking lot expansion project in 2013 to double the number of spaces, and prepare for the next building expansion. Today we have close to 700 members and have plans to add additional classrooms in the works.