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Our Story

The story of South Hills began with Chris and Laura Sonksen sensing God calling them to start a new kind of church. They wanted to create space where all people would feel welcome—where regardless of who you are, where you’d been, what you’ve done, or even what you believe about God—you’d be invited in, treated with respect, shown the love of Jesus, and empowered to become a better you.

And so in 1998 Founding Pastors, Chris and Laura Sonksen, boldly stepped out in faith and started the first South Hills Church Campus in Corona, California. And God continues to honor their obedience. Over the years since, South Hills has expanded to over 13 campuses throughout California, the U.S., and around the globe. Collectively we’ve reached thousands with the message of Jesus, watching new life unfold as people move toward Jesus and away from the shackles of shame, addiction, dysfunction, depression, and anxiety.

Over 20 years after planting South Hills, Pastor Chris began sensing it was time for him to enter into a new season. He now leads a ministry called Church Boom which is committed to coaching pastors and rescuing churches. Because of this change, Pastor Chris prayerfully handed the role of Lead Pastor to Moses Camacho, a proven church leader who got his start in ministry right here at South Hills Church over a decade before. Pastor Chris continues as part of the team at South Hills as the Global Pastor, helping to expand the mission of South Hills across the United States. As always, South Hills remains true to its original vision to lead unchurched people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Chris Sonksen Pastor at South Hills
Chris Sonksen

Founding Pastor

  • "This church has changed our lives around and it is continuing to change it for the better. We never thought we would find so much love in one place and devotion to serve and care for others. God is wonderful and I am blessed that he has brought my husband and I to this place."
    Nancy R.
  • "Ever since Ruth began attending South Hills, she would always speak of how wonderful and how moving the church was. Once I came home from overseas, I began attending and shared the same feelings as her. It has been a wonderful experience being a part of the South Hills family."
    Pablo C.
  • "At South Hills Church, you feel an authentic hospitality when you are greeted in a genuine family atmosphere. The worship experience is vibrant and creates an atmosphere of sanctified spiritual energy where we can celebrate Jesus."
    Justin & Debbie H.