Allen Runyon

Pastor Allen first answered the call to ministry on June 23, 1981. After completing Bible College in 1984 he entered the pastoral ministry. Through the years he has served in the ministry of helps, as an associate pastor, an interim pastor, founding pastor, and senior pastor.

He has been a guest speaker at retreats and churches throughout the mid-west. He has travelled to England twice, the first time as the keynote speaker of a church dedication. The second time as a featured guest speaker. He has also traveled to Guatemala where he preached in a Bible School and several churches.

Pastor Allen also served as the Nebraska state director of Rhema Ministerial Association International.

In his own words “It is a new day at SonRise Church! Just as the sun rising in the morning brings a new day, With our focus on Jesus our risen Lord and His vision for our church, SonRise is having a new day.

Lisa and I are honored and blessed to be here and see the God given vision for SonRise be fulfilled. That vision can be summarized into three things.

  • Living the Great Commandment
  • Fulfilling the Great Commission
  • Anticipating the Great Expectation (Jesus return)

Not only is it a new day for SonRise Church but it is a new day for all who look to Jesus and follow Him.”

Church Secretary

Sue Poponick

Greetings and welcome to SonRise Church website.  I was born and raised in Latrobe, PA.  I am married to Joe Poponick who is the worship leader and we have been blessed with two wonderful children.  Both of our children are married now and on their own. Our daughter Jill is an elementary teacher at Greater Latrobe and our son Josh has his own business, Blackout Tinting in Latrobe.  Both of our children play on the worship team here at the church.  Jill plays keyboard and Josh is our drummer.  They are great kids and they love the Lord. 

I was born again in 1985 and have been serving the Lord ever since.  I have been working as the church secretary since the beginning of SonRise Church and I love my job.  It is so satisfying to minister to people daily and help people meet their needs.  I have a heart for people and I will try to help anyone in need.  My greatest passion in the church is the children's ministry.   I have been teaching children for over 20 years and it is still so rewarding.  I try to instill God's Word into the children's heart at a very young age so they will not depart from it. 

It is a new day at SonRise Church as we welcome our new Pastor and his wife Lisa. Pastor Allen and Lisa Runyon are seasoned and trained in pastoring churches and have many new ideas and they are here to serve the people of SonRise Church and the community.  Pastor Allen has a shepherd's heart and is here with a vison for SonRise Church  If you are looking for a new church home and want to experience God in a mighty way, we invite you to come and visit SonRise Church real soon.

Have a Blessed Day!

Sue Poponick


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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