LEADERSHIP







  • Hershel Adams

    Senior 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 married children, daughters Sheleena and Jenna, and son Jeremy, as well as five beautiful grandchildren.  He graduated from Liberty University with a Masters of Divinity and Florida Tech with his M.B.A.  

  • TJ Bodnar

    Creative Arts and Media Pastor

    TJ has lead worship for years and has been in vocational ministry since 2006.  He graduated from North Greenville University with a B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies in Music and Mass Communications.   TJ is excited to be a part of Sonlight Church and to see the vision of Sonlight lived out.  He is here to lead worship, work with dramas, help in all media outlets and marketing, but most of all he is here to be a part of a body of Christ that is looking to the future and fulfilling the Great Commission.  He is here to help.  If you need TJ, let him know.

  • Becky Vogler

    Student and Young Adult Director

    Becky has been attending Sonlight since June 2011.  She began working with the Student Ministry in August 2016 and became the assistant director that following spring, and is now leading the ministry as the director.  Becky is also involved with the Worship Ministry as a vocalist on the Praise Team.  Having graduated from Taylor University in 2008 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education, Becky returned home to Chesapeake to pursue teaching.  Upon completion of 3 years in the school system, she felt God calling her in a mother direction.  She currently works as an Assistant Store Manager at Starbucks and loves the "people part" of her job.  She likes going out with friends throughout the week along with doing CrossFit to stay in shape.  Becky has enjoyed growing into her new roles at Sonlight and is looking forward to building new and deepening existing relationships thought the various ministries she is involved with.

  • John Beckwith

    Student Director

    John has been attending Sonlight Church since November of 1999.  He has been working with our students since May of 2012, became the Program Director in January of 2016, and became the Student Director in March of 2017. He graduated from Liberty University in November of 2016 with a bachelor’s in Communications. John works for the Christian Broadcast Network and R2R marketing. He enjoys movies and sports, including football and basketball. John has a heart for students and loves to minister to them and build relationships with each of them. He hopes to one day be working with them full time.

  • Jeff Latham

    Kid's Director

    Jeff and his wife Carrie have two children, Jeffery and Alyssa, and two grandchildren, Dylan and Paisley. He was born and raised in Chesapeake and graduated from Indian River High School.  Jeff has been working at local Volvo dealerships for 28 years and is currently the Service Manager for two stores. He loves the outdoors, hunting and playing sports. The Lord used his love for softball to bring him into His Kingdom. He has been attending Sonlight since 2009. He gave his life to the Lord in November of 2009 and was baptized January 2010. Jeff has an incredible heart for kids and has been working in the Children's ministry since 2010 and began leading the ministry in October 2016. He also leads a life group and serves on the greeter team. He loves the Lord and Sonlight Church. 

  • Jaylene Trueblood

    Preschool Director

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  • 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 as a volunteer and/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.  When she isn't serving in ministry, you can probably find her spending time with their grandchildren, reading, or volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in our Chesapeake Foster Care and Juvenile Court System.