Leadership

STAFF & ELDERS 

STAFF

Will Jacobs 

Teaching  Pastor

I married my high-school sweetheart in June of 2007. Since then we have been overwhelmingly blessed with three hyper-active boys, and two sweet baby girls. I have been involved in vocational ministry since 2004. Before taking on a lead pastor role, I served as a youth and worship minister for 10 years . I received a B.A. in Preaching in 2013, and a M.A. in New Testament in 2019 from Johnson University. I joined Sonrise as the teaching Pastor in January of 2014, and continually grow in thankfulness for my amazing church family. Apart from the love of Bible study, preaching, and quality time with my family, I enjoy recreational sports, drinking an abundance of coffee, and writing music.

Cory Wester 

Worship Leader 

I have been a worship leader since 2014, and it has been something that my life has been wrapped around since then. I believe worship is not just music that we sing to the Lord, but also a lifestyle, and most importantly, our heart-posture towards the Lord. I am originally from Raleigh, NC, but I’ve moved back and forth from Raleigh to Charleston throughout my life. My favorite author is David Platt & I hope to one day become a missionary and travel across the world sharing the Good News through teaching, and through song.

Dana Jacobs 

Children's Leader  and  Church Administrator 

Dana has been working in youth and children ministry since 2001. 

ELDERS

Tim Curtiss

Elder

I have been an immersed Christian for almost 30 years, and prior to coming to SonRise, was a Deacon and Treasurer for Buckeye Christian Church in Grove City Ohio for over 20 years. I was born in Ohio, and lived there for the first 58+ years of my life. I met my wife at work, and we have been married for 37 years (as of September 2016). We moved to Summerville in 2015 after visiting my wife’s parents here many times over the past 30 years. We became members of Sonrise in 2015. We have two grown daughters. One lives in Ohio, and other lives in North Charleston. We truly love spending time with family, especially our granddaughter who was born in July of 2015. I love spending time with my family (especially our granddaughter who was born in July of 2015), and enjoy watching college football.

Jeff Jacobs 

Elder

I have been a born again Christian since 1979, baptized at Northwood Baptist Church . I am married to my beautiful wife Melesa and we have four beautiful children, and 10 wonderful grandchildren. I served as a minister in a local church in Nichol South Carolina for few years. I have been an active leader in various churches for over 30 years. I've been an elder here at Sonrise Christian Church for 10 years. I love serving the church and God’s people.

Nelson Kelly

 Elder

I was born and raised in southern Ohio where I met my wife of 30 years. Together we raised 3 boys. I was baptized into Christ in 2007 and have been active in church leadership since. We moved to South Carolina in 2015 to be near our grand daughter after my wife retired from teaching. God led us to this church and it's a great group of Christ followers.

Steven Lucas

 Elder

I became a follower of Christ the summer prior to my Senior year of high school while I was at a Young Life Camp. I was baptized in 1998 at Savannah Christian Church. I spent 6 years in the Marine Corps as an Avionics Technician on Cobra and Huey Helicopters. Afterwards, I attended Armstrong Atlantic University (Now Georgia Southern) where I received my Bachelors in Radiology with a specialty in Nuclear Medicine. While in college, I married my wife Kimberly after being friends for over 8 years. We moved to Charleston in 2011 and attended several churches in the area until we found Sonrise Christian Church in 2018. I currently perform PET/CT scans at the Charleston VA Medical Center and my wife Kimberly is a third-grade teacher. We have 2 wonderful boys and we have a huge collection of tabletop boardgames.I have spent several years as a Young Life leader, volunteering with different youth ages, and hosted and led many small groups. I have a passion for apologetics and learning and understanding biblical doctrine.