Elders & Staff


Philip Miles

Lead Pastor

Philip became the Lead Pastor of Sunrise Church in 2019 after serving for 8 months as the interim Pastor.

Philip became a Christian when he was in middle school. He determined that he wanted to serve God in service to his church when he was in high school. He attended Arlington Baptist College in Arlington, TX where he received a Bachelor's of Science in Pastoral Studies.

He met his amazing wife, Kari in 1997 while at college. They were married in 1999 and now have four wonderful kids: Gavin, Gunner, Mayleigh and Griffin. The Miles family has served in ministries from Florida to Washington and Texas to Michigan and they love calling Midland home.

In his free time, he loves spending time with his family creating ways to have fun and trying to invent new ways to be competitive with one another, boring his wife about whatever podcast he's into, fixing things around the house, playing guitar, golfing and Seahawks football.

TJ Marshall

Youth and Worship Minister / Elder

TJ joined the staff of Sunrise Church as the Youth and Worship Leader in 2021.

TJ became a Christian in 1997 while attending church in Bay City. He served faithfully for about 15 years as a lay leader in that same church as a Youth Pastor, Worship Leader and Associate Pastor.  It was also there, as a teen, that he met Andrea. They were married in 2009 and have three kiddos: Chasen, Kenzee and Kaylee.

In his free time, he loves spending time with his family, being outdoors and camping, playing board games, playing guitar, brushing up on American history or apologetics and secretly indulging his enjoyment for Star Wars, Star Trek and lots of other things sci-fi and nerdy.

Melissa Roberts

Office Manager

Melissa joined Sunrise as a member and the staff in 2015.

Melissa met her husband, David, in 1991 and they were married the following year. They have three children, Luke (married to Seulbi), Isaac (married to Moriah) and Bethany, and one granddaughter from Isaac and Moriah.

Melissa became a follower of Christ when she was 10 years old. She and her husband have served churches in North Carolina, Michigan and New York. Here at Sunrise, Melissa is able to use those past ministry experiences and her administrative abilities to assist the Elders and members of our church.

Melissa enjoys quilting and looking for treasures at thrift stores and yard sales. Her favorite movie is The Princess Bride and instead of eating out, she prefers cooking at home. She also loves making sure the church is getting the best deal on any and everything.


Jim Cross

Lay Elder

Jim has been a member of Sunrise Church since 2003 and has served as an Elder of Sunrise since 2010.

Jim married Gail in 1979 and they have two sons: Jeff and Matt. Jeff is married to Kimi and they have three children: Tavish and Devereaux and Lael.

Jim became a Christian in 1981. Since then, he has desired to grow in his faith and has served in whatever church God has placed them. In addition to being an Elder, Jim leads a Community Group, serves on our Missions and Outreach Team and leads our monthly prayer meeting.

Jim retired from Dow Corning where he was a Chemical Engineer and since then has been working on his golf game and going all over the country to visits his grandsons and take Matt to his favorite NASCAR sites. You might have also seen Jim riding his bike all around town or even had him drop by unexpectedly while he's out on a ride. He loves Michigan sports and sporting his signature Michigan skull cap in the winter.

John Vander Male

Lay Elder

John has been a member of Sunrise Church since 1999 and has served as an Elder of Sunrise since 2008.

John married Duffy in 1982 and they have two daughters and a son: Meghan, Julie and Tim. Meghan is married to Javier and  they have a daughter named Lucia. Julie is married to Corey and they have a son named Kaizen.

John grew up in a Christian home, but didn't really become a Christian until he was an adult. Over the years, he grew in his relationship with Christ and, through, his engagement with other mature men, felt that he was called to serve Christ's church as an Elder. In addition to being an Elder, John leads a Community Group and is a teacher in our Children's Church ministry.

John is trained as a Mechanical Engineer. He retired from Dow Corning, but liked working so much that he went back to work as a contractor for Dow. In his free time, John loves fishing and eating the fish he's caught, traveling, reading a good book and playing games with his family. John also likes history, particularly stories about the American Civil War and World War 2.