We would like to welcome you as you browse the website and familiarize yourself with Sunnyside. There is much to see and read and you may have questions. Feel free to contact us via phone or e-mail and we will do what we can to answer your questions.
We do hope that you will come and visit with the family here at Sunnyside and pray that God will encourage you to stay!
I enjoy being a Christian! The joy of the Lord is my strength! My heart's desire is to see other people have joy and happiness in their lives, too. The only way to have that joy is to know Jesus as your Savior. I became a Christian when I was 14 years of age. From that time until now I have been able to grow as a Christian because of a daily walk with Him. I cannot express in words the thanksgiving of my heart to the Lord for saving me and for a daily spirit-led walk with Him. I invite you to come to Sunnyside and experience the joy of worship and the joy of knowing Jesus as your Savior. You will be glad you did and, I promise you, I will share in your joy.
Jeremy grew up in the mountains of southwest Virginia and began singing in church when he was five years old. He joined the staff at Sunnyside in July 2018 and brings more than 20 years of ministry experience, having served churches in both Blacksburg and Damascus, Va., and in Knoxville, Tenn. He is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., with a degree in Worship Studies and Music Ministry. In addition to his love of music and worship, Jeremy is an avid reader of DC Comics and has an impressive library of comics, movies, cartoons and other memorabilia.
Rev. Wes Sales: Youth and Children's Pastor
Wes was called to serve at Sunnyside Baptist in April of 2019. Wes is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA., where he earned a Masters of Theology. He also has a Bachelors in Music Performance as a percussionist from the University of West Florida. Now he is pursuing a Doctorate in Ministry at Liberty University. Wes is married to Catie Sales and they have three children: Leo Raelynn and Coulson. Wes believes students need to have a solid theological foundation in order to build their faith.
Tanja is a “military brat,” who grew up in several different states and overseas. She became a Christian at the age of 21 and tries to never take Jesus’ forgiveness or presence for granted. She graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a degree in English/journalism and spent most of her early career working at small newspapers in middle Tennessee and in Arkansas. After being a stay-at-home mom for years, she went back to work, working with children as an instructional assistant at local schools. She joined the Sunnyside staff in February 2018.