A WORD FROM THE PASTOR
In an attempt to help you understand our passion and focus, we have adopted the following description of our fellowship. "Sunset Avenue is a fellowship of Spirit-filled Believers committed to serving Jesus and advancing His kingdom by making disciples." Our very fiber is constructed of Jesus' mandate to make disciples. Every ministry that we engage in, every event, every service is evaluated in light of this question; "In what way did we make disciples?"
In order to assist in keeping us on the discipleship track, we have adopted the "Five D's."
Declaring the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Discovering the truths of Scripture and their application for everyday living
Developing mature disciples in pursuit of Christ-likeness
Deploying disciples into active ministry in the home, the church, the community and the world
Delighting in the Lord, knowing that our deepest pleasure is found in a lifestyle of worship
Although "discipleship" has become a pretty popular buzzword, it is rarely carried out effectively. We want to break out of that mold and we truly desire to fulfill our mandate to be a discipling center. As such we welcome any and all to join us. It is often a messy and difficult journey but the rewards are indescribable. We are not seeking out those from specific denominations, backgrounds, salary packages or appearances; we are simply seeking those who will follow us as we follow Jesus.
Boyd Byerly, Senior Pastor
MEET OUR STAFF
Still known as "Coach Byerly" to many in the community, Pastor Byerly has been the Senior Pastor at Sunset Avenue Church of God in Asheboro, NC for over 20 years. He formerly taught math and coached football at Asheboro High School, and he still leads like a coach! His commitment to discipling the fellowship of Sunset Avenue Church of God and impacting the surrounding community is evident in all he does. He has been married to his wife Wanda for 31 years. They have two daughters, Tiffany, who is a doctor working in Greenville, NC, and Danielle, who is the Outreach Director here at Sunset Avenue.
Outreach & Connections Director
Danielle was born and raised right here in Asheboro, NC. Right after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies, she was called to Cuba serving as a missionary. This ignited a love for the Spanish language and reaching the Spanish speaking community. Her biggest desire is to reach into every community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Children's Ministry Director
In Stephanie's role as Children's Director, she provides vision, direction and oversight for children's ministries from ages birth through 5th grade. She does a great job of partnering with parents to raise kids that will come to truly know, love and serve Jesus. Stephanie is also a full time 1st grade teacher at Hopewell Elementary School. She and her husband, Ken have 3 children, Lauren, Cameron & Jaxson.
Donna is the "go-to" person at Sunset- partly because she has been on staff forever, but mostly because she is so capable. She is married to David, and you will see them both on the platform on Sundays involved in the music ministry. They have three sons, Dakota, Spencer, wife Emily, grandson Parker and Bailey, wife Dayira.
Pastor Matt Higgs
Music & Discipleship Pastor
Pastor Matt and his wife Gayle
met at Lee University where
they both majored in Christian Education. Together they seem to
be everywhere at Sunset Avenue.
Matt serves as the Music and
Young Adult Pastor leading our Transit College20's ministry.
Matt has an unforgettable
personality that not only enhances the worship services he leads, but provides a spiritual atmosphere for all he encounters. He is married to Gayle who is very active in the Connections Ministry.
They have two sons, Mathias
Pastor Herv, in 2009, had a radical encounter with the Holy Spirit. That encounter has led him to teach, and live, a life of intimacy that opposes the spiritual lukewarm culture of our day. Hervenly serves as the Student Pastor leading our youth ministry alongside his lovely wife, Estania. The two of them have a son named Caius. Their passion for teens is clearly displayed in their commitment to each student.
Cindy grew up mostly in Lancaster, PA. She and her husband Joel have been married for 25 years. They met while stationed in Alaska during their time in the US Army. They both enjoy cooking, canning home grown vegetables, camping and kayaking. Joel and Cindy are also involved in Connection Ministries with the Church. They have two children, Seth and Accola.
Band & Technology Director
Noah grew up attending Sunset Avenue Church of God. He met his wife Faith at Lee University while they were both in Campus Choir. Both Noah and Faith are very involved in the music programs here at Sunset Avenue. Noah serves as our Director for both the Band and Technology teams here at SACOG and strives to lead those teams in unity. He serves his church and family with both excellence and a willingness to learn. Noah is a great addition to the team with his joyful spirit and servant’s heart.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
In one God eternally existing in three persons namely, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
Holiness to be God's standard of living for His people.
In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
In water baptism by immersion and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement. In the Lord's Supper and washing of the saints' feet.
In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air.
Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.