Pastor Josh Blunt has been called to serve as our Lead Pastor, and has oversight of all operations at Sunshine. His reverence for God’s Word and sincere love for people come together in his work as our main preaching pastor. He deeply loves his wife, Jaime, and their three teenage children, and is energized by adventures in hunting, fishing, travel, and Mexican cuisine. When he has a chance, he really enjoys playing music, too!
Grace’s deep love for Jesus, passion for serving, in addition to her gifts in administration and leadership allow her to provide integral support to Pastor Josh as he leads and equips our church in light of the Gospel. Grace is a Michigan native and received her bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications from Cornerstone University. She, and her husband, Eric, were married in 2014 and have the pleasure of raising their adorable son. Grace enjoys spending time with her family, theatre, baking, traveling, and exploring the beautiful city of Grand Rapids.
Ben is excited about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with youth and families. He also loves to play instruments as he helps to lead worship. He is called to encourage and equip people to worship and work for God and his glory. Ben and his wife, Lindsay, love to ride their bikes, fly fish, and adventure to new countries and new places. You might find Ben reading a good Russian novel with one of his two Australian Shepherds right by his side.
Cody is passionate about seeing all the families of the church of every generation supporting and encouraging each other in the journey of faith. He is called to be a support, equipper, and encouragement to families as they found their homes and lives on the gospel and grace of Jesus Christ. Cody and his wife, Rochelle, have four children and enjoy being outside together, and playing Legos and board games together.
Sue is passionate about finding opportunities to touch the lives of people who need to experience acceptance, encouragement, and God's life-changing love. She treasures her family, and feels blessed to support Pastor Cody by handling details of Family Supportive Ministry at Sunshine. She loves to spend her time reading, watching football, listening to music, and exploring ArtPrize.
Jeff has been called to serve as Director of Service Learning at SCC, and while he love to serve the church and staff, his passion is working with neighbors, contractors, and community service volunteers. He's a husband of 15 years to Margo, and father to three children. He loves sports, music, and anything that keeps him close to home. He is happiest when he's cleaning, organizing, fixing, constructing things, and providing sarcasm to the group.
Ashleigh’s passion for working with children and spreading the love of Jesus allow her to excel at her role at Sunshine! She has a history of working with children at many-a-summer-camp as a counselor and also as a nanny. She loves helping children to understand and learn more about our Heavenly Father. Not native to West Michigan, Ashleigh and her husband Jared are originally from the Midland area and have lived in Grand Rapids for a little over a year. They love spending their time hiking, watching movies and walking their pet Moose (who is really a black labrador but she doesn’t know that!).
Dick Carr is delighted for the opportunity to serve God by serving and caring for His people. He and his beautiful bride, Mary, became members at Sunshine in 1999 after they moved to Grand Rapids from New Jersey to be closer to family. They have 2 daughters, 1 son-in-law, 3 grandchildren and 1 grandson-in-law. Dick retired from Lucent Technologies; prior to that he worked for NJ Bell and AT&T. He is passionate about building relationships and encouraging others in Christ. His favorite ministry verse for those in affliction is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. His sweetheart of 60 years, Mary, went to be with her Savior this year after a bout with ALS. After the experience and struggle of caregiving for her, he is even more determined to care for God’s people at Sunshine: "I am so grateful to be part of this family here. There's a sweet, sweet spirit in this place. After all the love shown to Mary and myself, it would take a team of horses to pull me away from Sunshine."
Nekoda has her degree in Digital Media from Cornerstone University. She enjoys thinking of creative ways to keep people informed and engaged with church information. She creates original media for our communications and is working to enhance our digital publications (like The Blaze) and our social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.