Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Rev. Carrie West

Head Pastor

Pastor Carrie came to SonRise Church in 2017 after serving in rural Colorado for 12 years.  She is married to Mike and birthed 3 beautiful daughters, Jordan, Shelby and Gracie.  Carrie grew up in the Presbyterian Church but found her true home in the United Methodist Church after multiple invitations by Mike's Grandma to attend church with her.  The teachings on Grace and Salvation by John Wesley (the founder of Methodism) were key to Carrie's acceptance of God's love and made her feel like she truly belonged with God and the church.  Through a transformative experience with a small group, Carrie heard the call to pastoral ministry as a vocation, and the rest is history.  Pastor Carrie loves working with youth and those who are new to faith.  She is a staunch social justice advocate and has a broken heart for those experiencing homelessness.  Our pastor wants everyone to know they are loved by God and have a purpose in life that will bring transformation to the world.
Carrie enjoys playing the piano, singing, putting together puzzles and watching TV shows like Downton Abbey, Grey's Anatomy, and Call the Midwife.  She hopes one day to travel to Italy or do a pulpit exchange in a foreign country. She would first need to learn a different language.
Email: carrie.west@sonrisepueblo.org

Jesse Hed

Inclusive Worship Leader

 “God directs his people not simply to worship but to sing his praises ‘before the nations.’ We are called not simply to communicate the gospel to nonbelievers; we must also intentionally celebrate the gospel before them.”
Email: jesse.hed@sonrisepueblo.org

George  Hammersmith

Music Director

George is an active member in the Pueblo West Community but was raised in Westcliff, CO. George can play 47 different musical instruments! George enjoys music, but also traveling and cooking. He founded the Pueblo West Community Band in 2010 and still directs the ensemble. They perform musical compositions four times a year for the public featuring standard concert band selections, military tribute compositions, local composer compositions, and pop tunes. George volunteers at musical events and supports musical programs statewide offering clinics and assistance for events. George is the Worship Leader here at Sonrise Methodist Church in Pueblo West; performing on various instruments, leading services, directing our choir, and also directing the handbell choir.
Email: george.hammersmith@sonrisepueblo.org

Mark Rudnik

Media/Visual Technician 

"Images are not only visual. They're also auditory, they involve sensuous impressions, bundles of information that come to us through our senses, and mainly through seeing and hearing: the audio-visual field."
Email: mark.rudnik@sonrisepueblo.org

Bianca Polk

Office Administrator 

Bianca is a mom of 5 amazing kiddos, ages range from 15 (almost 16) to 6 years old. Their names are Catherine (Catie), Kevin, Mirella (Ellie), Margaret (Maggie), and Victoria (Tori). She met her husband, Mike, about a year ago, totally by chance. Neither of them were looking, but God had other plans, and they were married 3 months later!
She was born and raised in England, and her family relocated to Colorado in time for her to attend high school in Highlands Ranch. Through the twists and turns of life, Bianca became a firefighter/medic. She also a CNA, personal trainer/nutritionist, CPR Instructor, and is about 2/3 through her Nursing degree.  She has run several companies, been an executive assistant, operations manager, and even a nanny! Bianca also volunteers a lot of time to the Colorado Firefighter Calendar, to raise money for Children's Hospital Burn Unit. She is a pro athlete, competes in bodybuilding. Bianca is also an avid bookworm, with have over 3000 books, spanning every genre!
Email: sonrisechurch@sonrisepueblo.org

Terri Cole

Financial  Secretary & Bookkeeper

Terri Cole is our Bookkeeper here at SonRise.  She'd held this position since 2016.  She is responsible for the weekly deposits, accounts payable, payroll, and the monthly financial reports. Terri's husband Patrick is her biggest supporter.  Her daughter Breanna is a homesteader in Bonanza, Oregon and her youngest Tawni lives in Westcliffe with her two children.  Terri retired from the Finance Department at the University of California in San Diego and moved to Pueblo in 2011 to be close to the daughter that was most likely to give her grandchildren :-)  Besides being a Grandma, she enjoys country music, NASCAR, NHRA drag racing, her garden, and playing games.  She was not raised a Methodist, but the local Methodist minister at her high school Baccalaureate ceremony stole the show with his style of preaching.  He was remembered when an officiant was needed a couple of months later for a family funeral.  She started attending that church and was so excited to see the Methodist cross and flame on SonRise's sign when moving to Pueblo West.
Email: terri.cole@sonrisepueblo.org

Keith Bulander

Custodian

“Value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.”
Email: sonrisechurch@sonrisepueblo.org