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Hershel Adams, Lead Pastor

Pastor Hershel shares messages from God's word that are very insightful, practical and encouraging. You can sense his love and passion for people as he opens his heart every week to share God's word with us. He has a very dynamic and down to earth personality that motivates people to discover their own uniqueness and then to discover how God wants them to minister in this world. Pastor Hershel's hearts desire is to see every person experience fulfillment in life by understanding, accepting and achieving his or her God-given purpose.

Pastor Hershel is the founding and senior pastor of Sonlight Church. He was born in Rossville, Georgia, where he grew up and met his wife, Deena. They have been married since 1981 and have three children, daughters Sheleena and Jenna, and son Jeremy, as well as four beautiful grandchildren.  He graduated from Liberty University with a Masters of Divinity and Florida Tech with his M.B.A.  


Kenny Bass, Pastor of Missions/Maturity/Children

Kenny and his family were part of the original core team to help start Sonlight. He served as Missions Lay-Pastor at Sonlight for 6 years. During that time he completed his undergrad in Religion at Liberty University. Then in 2007, accepted a call into full-time ministry as a Missionary to Northern Africa.  He and his wife, Teresa, and their two sons, Jonathan and Jeremy, served in the NAME region for two years. After returning back to the states, he joined the staff of Sonlight in November 2009 as Pastor of Discipleship, Missions and Children. In 2015, he graduated from Liberty University with a Master in Pastoral Counseling. 



Ryan Campbell, Director of Youth & Worship

 Ryan, an Oklahoma native, joined the Sonlight family in 2016. He has served as a full-time Youth and Program Director at the Master’s Inn Ministries, in Altavista, VA, for over 6 years. At his time at the Master’s Inn, he led worship services and actively planned and organized their student ministry. During his time in camp ministry, Ryan met his wife, Mary. The two made the move to Chesapeake and from there became part of Sonlight. Ryan is extremely passionate about serving the Lord, specifically through music and the spiritual development of young adults.

 Bob Vogler,  Church Administrator

Bob became a part of the Sonlight team in March, 2007.  He grew up in New Jersey and joined the Navy in 1976 where he met his wonderful wife Susan.  Both Bob and Susan are retired Navy Nurses and have two terrific children, Becky and Robbie. With over 15 years of experience dealing with church administration and finances, Bob has been called to serve as a church administrator for Sonlight.  He believes in applying Biblical principles in handling the resources that God has provided Sonlight.

Deena Adams, Ministry Assistant

As the wife of our senior pastor, Deena has been involved in serving at Sonlight, either as a volunteer or paid staff member, since the church began in September 1999.  Deena’s God-given purpose is to be a help-mate to her husband Hershel and help him be successful in what God has called him to do.  She feels the best way to accomplish that purpose is by working alongside him in the daily ministry of the church as the ministry assistant to our staff.  Deena loves the local church and enjoys serving by leading the greeter ministry team and serving on our women's ministry team.