John Sorrell

Lead Pastor
Areas of ministry I oversee: As Lead Pastor, I work with our Staff and Leadership Team to oversee all areas of ministry at Arise. I also serve as the primary communicator and teacher in our worship gatherings.
Where I am from: Austin, Texas
Family: I have been married to Valerie since June of 2003. I also have the amazing joy of being the father of two incredibly rad boys, Colton and Declan.
Things I like to do in my free time/hobbies: Family is #1 in my free time. I am also a BBQ enthusiast (Texas BBQ… the only true kind!) and love my Texas Longhorns! My wife and I think we’re film buffs and enjoy music, theater, and traveling.
Why ARISE Church: We fell in love with this church and knew this was where God was leading our family to invest our lives in ministry. It doesn’t hurt that it’s in the beautiful city of Sioux Falls!

Seth Dekkenga

Interim Worship Pastor
Seth and his wife, Rebekah, live in Sioux Falls with their two boys, Jude and Levi. He graduated from University of Sioux Falls and also received an MA in Christian Leadership (Worship Leadership) from Sioux Falls Seminary. Seth has been leading worship for over 15 years and is excited to begin this journey with Arise.
Areas of ministry I oversee: Worship Arts

Jackie Bailey

Family Ministry Director
Areas of ministry I oversee: Family Ministry
Where I am from: Canova, SD
Family: I have a wonderful husband, Jacob, and we have a very spoiled fur baby, Sadie Mae, our little golden retriever!
Things I like to do in my free time/hobbies: I love being active and exploring, reading, crafting, and decorating. Some of my favorite activities are swimming, hiking, softball, and volleyball. My husband and I all around love being outdoors, love food, movies, game nights, and spending time with friends and family
Why ARISE Church: I moved to Sioux Falls in September 2016 after accepting a job and to be closer to my now husband, Jacob. Wedding planning and finishing my masters in ministry leadership led me to follow God’s prompting to step down and enter into a period of rest and refocus. Ready and excited to be back into ministry, God led me to accept the position at Arise!

Megan Niemeyer

Women’s Ministry Coordinator
Areas of ministry I oversee: All things women’s ministry
Where I am from: Sioux Center, Iowa
Family: I enjoy the ups and downs of life with my husband Matt and our awesome kiddos, Karter and Aspen
Things I like to do in my free time/hobbies: Family time! We love doing just about anything together! Movies, library trips, going to the zoo and the occasional Chuck E Cheese date! When I get a few minutes alone I love to read, drink large cups of coffee and occasionally binge a good Netflix series. 
Why ARISE Church: The people! We have been around this place for 10+ years and the people have become “our people”! They are there to celebrate, mourn, and pray right along with us! They are not just our church… they are our family! It’s such a blessing!

Brenda Van Beek

Office Administrator
Areas of ministry I oversee: Office Administration
Where I am from: Sioux Center, Iowa
Family: Husband Doug & two sons, Rob (10) and Matthew (7)
Things I like to do in my free time/hobbies: I love to read, spend time with my family, and spend time outdoors…so the ideal day is spent camping with a good book!
Why ARISE Church: Our spiritual growth has happened within the context of small groups, first at our church in Ames, Iowa. So when we moved to Sioux Falls in 2008, we were looking for a new church home that shared that value, and were introduced to this congregation by friends who had also moved here from our church in Iowa. We’ve never looked back!