Daniel L. Sonnenberg

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About Daniel L. Sonnenberg

Hi there! I’m Dan Sonnenberg, an American missionary, pastor and church musician. I’m also the guy behind We Are His Workmanship (DanSonnenberg.com). This website is the home of my life’s work. I write about my missionary work in Latin America, theology, church life, church music and more.



Ministry Positions


  • Two sons born 1986 and 1989
  • Married Elizabeth S. (Beth) Sonnenberg at Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, NC, Rev. Horace Hilton officiating, 1978
  • Born in Napoleon, OH, 1954, to parents Otis and Lois (Benzino) Sonnenberg, and Grandparents Ted and Amelia (Badenhop) Sonnenberg of Holgate, OH, and Frank and Margaret (Cain) Benzino of Tonawanda, NY


  • Tennis, woodworking, photography, music, bicycling, kayaking, blogging, journaling

Other Employment through the Years

  • Sonnenberg Painting & Home Repair, Wilmington, NC, 2016 – present
  • Painter, Wilmington Painting, Inc., Wilmington, NC, 2004, 2007, 2015-2016
  • Industrial Painter/Wood Finisher/Re-finisher/Cabinet-Maker, The Master’s Touch, Wilmington, NC, 1980-1982
  • Framing Carpenter, J. B. Johnson Construction, Wilmington, NC, 1979
  • Environmental Studies Instructor and Construction Supervisor, Youth Conservation Corps, NC Aquarium, Ft. Fisher, NC, 1979
  • Research Scientist, NC State University, Brunswick Nuclear Plant, Southport, NC, 1978
  • Industrial Painter, Precision Metal Products, Wilmington, NC, 1978
  • Research Assistant to Dr. Gilbert Bane, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, 1976 – 1978
  • Truck Loader, Wilmington Package Company, Wilmington, NC, 1976
  • Farm Hand, F.A. Needham Dairy Farm, Mebane, NC, 1975
  • Sales Clerk, Art and Engineering Department, University Bookstore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 1974-1975
  • Stock and Sales Clerk, University Bookstore, Bowling Green State University, 1972-1974
  • Painter, Pearl Oil Gas Company, Bowling Green, OH, 1971-1972
  • Painter, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 1969-1970
  • Dishwasher, Roberts Fine Foods, Bowling Green, OH, 1968
  • Newspaper Carrier, Sentinel Tribune, Bowling Green, OH, 1967-1970
  • Newspaper Carrier, Toledo Blade, Bowling Green, OH, 1966

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