Staff
Worship Pastor

Joe Poponick

     I was born into a musical family in 1955 in Latrobe, Pa.  My father had been a musician all his life, and played in numerous bands through the years.  I started playing guitar in the second grade of elementary school.  Continued through Jr. and Sr. High schools, playing in several top 40 bands.  I led a local  band for over 10 years, playing most of the local clubs, weddings, etc.  In 1985 Jesus came into my life, and I recognized Him as my personal savior.  I "switched gears" and began playing bass guitar in a local church.  When SonRise church was formed, I became worship leader, and have continued for many years.  The Lord blessed me with over 125 original songs,  many of which we do weekly at our services.  Although SonRise church has gone through many transformations through the years, the praise and worship team "Holy Smoke" has been able to maintain a high level of both integrity and spirituality.  Praise and worship has always been a big part of SonRise Church, and I am extremely excited to work with our new Pastor Allen Runyon as to where our worship is heading.  I am looking forward to "flowing in the Spirit", and truly helping to lead God's people into His presence. 

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