Who are we at Sunrise?
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 with a congregation of about 80 people. One year later Sunrise UMC celebrated its official charter by recognizing 86 individuals as charter members. In 1998 Sunrise purchased land and the vision of our current facility began to take shape. We broke ground 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 as our congregation continued to grow. In July 2011, Pastor Tom Newman was appointed to lead Sunrise at which time we had almost 600 members. We have a weekly communion service on Saturday and two worship services on Sunday morning as well as a large Sunday school program. In 2013 we expanded our parking lot 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.