Sonny began serving as the coordinator for adult education in 2008. He and Norma were married in 1970 in Del City, Oklahoma. The Banning family, including Sonny’s mother Nell, began worshiping with Northside in 1991. He served Northside as an elder from 2003-2006.
Sonny graduated from Evangel Christian University with a degree in theology. He preached for 20 years followed by 13 years of service in various administrative positions with the Maude Carpenter Children’s Home (Wichita) and York College (Nebraska). In 2004 he and Norma began their own fundraising consultation company.
Sonny was born in Cleburne, Texas, and lived in various states from Texas to Montana, graduating from High School in Sulphur, Oklahoma. His hobbies include grandchildren first, then motorcycles, fishing, kite flying and stained glass creations.[clear]