STAFF

John Sorrell

Lead Pastor
Email: john.sorrell@ariseonline.org
 
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!

Luke Lynass

Worship Pastor
Email: luke@ariseonline.org
 
Areas of ministry I oversee: Worship Arts
 
Where are you from: Sturgis, SD
 
Family: Wife, Rachel and son, Benjamin (born 2015)
 
Things I do in my free time/hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy making good coffee (but seriously), writing/playing music, listening to music, reading, running, Crossfitting and playing with my son, Benjamin.
 
Why ARISE Church: When I came to know the Lord in college, and met my wife, she attended Life Group at the Crossing. It was there that I first understood the family of God, authentic worship, and was discipled by many wonderful spiritual mothers, fathers, and peers. I felt a strong desire that first service to do what the worship pastor did so well, and after some time living in Haiti, and then working at Good News Church, we returned to Arise Church where I took the Worship Pastor position in 2015.

John Warden

Pastor of Missions and Outreach
Email: john@ariseonline.org
 
Areas of ministry I oversee: I oversee the GO team, local outreach, and global missions.
 
Where I am from: Napoleon, Ohio.
 
Family: Wife Jennie and two daughters Ella (5/15/2007) and Lydia (1/10/2011)
 
Things I like to do in my free time: I enjoy watching sports (especially college sports and the Olympics), traveling (I love the diversity of culture), gardening (I have a wicked raspberry bush in my back yard), eating ethnic foods and desserts (I love buffets) and board games (Strategy games, card games and especially Chinese Checkers).
 
Why Arise Church: When my family and I moved back from South America we were looking for a church that lived out community and missional living. While visiting on our first Sunday we experienced the love of God through worship and fellowship in a powerful way. We made friends quickly and have enjoyed serving and growing with the ARISE family.

Abigail Lexen

Family Ministry Coordinator
Email: abigail@ariseonline.org
 
Areas of ministry I oversee: Family Ministry
 
Where I am from: Granite Falls, MN
 
Family: Husband, Paul and children, Noah (2011) and Natalie (2014)
 
Things I like to do in my free time/hobbies: I enjoy most anything creative- painting, decorating, cooking, sewing, designing, planning events… and I love spending time with my family and friends.
 
Why ARISE Church: I moved to Sioux Falls after college and had friends at The Crossing (now Arise), so I attended there and got involved in a Life Group. I fell in love with the community of people and the gospel centered truth that was reflected in their hearts and lives.

Ephron Poyer

Life Group Head Coach
Email: ephron@ariseonline.org
 
Areas of ministry I oversee: Life Group and Grow team
 
Where I am from: St. Vincent & the Grenadines
 
Family: Hilary Poyer (my wife)
 
Things I like to do in my free time/hobbies: Read, watch soccer, make food & eat it with others, play music with my wife at home.
 
Why ARISE Church: God provided me with this church family! Through them He declared and demonstrated His glory in light of what He was taking me through and teaching me. He has used his family to grow in me a deeper conviction of who He is, a clearer knowledge of my identity in Christ, and the necessity of a Christ-centered community. His work and their partnership still continues!

Ciji Brandenburg

Office Administrator
Email: ciji@ariseonline.org
 
Areas of ministry I oversee: Office Administration
 
Where I am from: Bismarck, ND
 
Family: Husband, Marcus, daughter Kayleona (12) and son Brenen (9)
 
Things I like to do in my free time/hobbies: I love to read, refinish furniture and spend time with my family, boating, watching movies, playing games, hiking etc
 
Why ARISE Church: When I first became a Christian in 2006 I was invited to a Life Group at The Crossing and then started attending the church. I instantly fell in love with all the people and the worship time. When we merged with The Connection and became Arise I just gained more friendship and am honored to work for a church that I love so much!

Brenda Van Beek

Office Administrator
Email: brenda@ariseonline.org
 
Areas of ministry I oversee: Office Administration
 
Where I am from: Sioux Center, Iowa
 
Family: Husband Doug & two sons, Rob (9) and Matthew (6)
 
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 another congregation that shared that value, and were introduced to The Connection (now Arise) by friends who had also moved here from our church in Iowa. We’ve never looked back!