Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

Here's the deal, Arise Church cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. Arise is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.

Where we come from

Arise Church (formerly Southwest Harvest Church - SWHC) was founded in Duncanville, Texas in 1987 by Pastor “Sonny” and Susan Conatser. The church was planted with the support of Church on the Rock in Rockwall, Texas.

Pastor “Sonny” held the first interest meeting in December of 1987 at the Holiday Inn Ballroom on Camp Wisdom Road. A few radio announcements and newspaper ads brought more than 400 people to attend the first interest meeting that launched.

Pastor “Sonny” shared his vision to establish a church in the area. Anyone interested in joining was invited to attend the regular Thursday night meetings at the hotel.

During the following weeks and months the meetings continued to grow and excitement built in the hearts of those who attended. The newly founded congregation eventually bought the old Duncanville Church of Christ building, our current location, and began holding meetings on Sunday mornings. In 1995, Pastor “Sonny” lead the congregation in changing the name of the church to Southwest Harvest Church.

Teachings on prayer have been a hallmark of Pastor Sonny’s vision for the past 30 years.

Where we're headed

What's the bottom line? More than ever, Arise Church is committed to fostering a family built around hope in Jesus. We exist to see people saved, healed, empowered, and forever changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Arise. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the Arise family.

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