THE CHURCH ISN'T A PLACE. IT'S PEOPLE.
And not hyper-spiritual, holier-than-thou, completely un-relatable people, but real people—normal, everyday, just-like-you people. It’s people who are imperfect, make mistakes, haven’t arrived, and don’t have it all figured out. It’s people from different backgrounds and upbringings, from both sides of the tracks, and both sides of the isle. It’s people who believe God is up to something big and bold and beautiful on this earth, and want to broadcast that fact as best they can with the way they live and love and talk and serve and give.
When most of us in the modern West think of Christmas, our first thought is usually something connected to indoor trees, twinkle lights, shopping sprees & sugar cookies. But in the ancient East, this season was one of Advent. It’s an old word with Latin origins that we don’t really use much anymore. It means “coming”. It was about anticipating the anniversary of the moment Divinity made itself know to humanity in the most earth-shattering, story-changing, category-exploding of ways. It reminded the people of God to turn down the volume on the chaos of life & prepare their hearts & minds for God to reengage their stories in surprising new ways with a fresh sense of Hope, Peace, Joy & Love.
Lead pastors Chris and Laura Sonksen had a vision of creating churches that unchurched people would love to attend. The first few years South Hills experienced incredible growth, and in a very short time purchased their first property and began to build. Since then, South Hills has grown into a multi-campus ministry spanning several states. Chris and Laura have been married since 1991 and have two adult children, Grace and Aidan.