Dave Turner



Though originally from South Carolina where Christ adopted him into his family, Dave has spent most of the last 12 years on the West Coast. He holds degrees in history (BA) and theology (MA) from Biola University/Talbot School of Theology in Los Angeles, California. Some of the most fun and enriching experiences of his life have been: mountaineering in Patagonia for two months, meeting and winning the love of his life (Lauren), discipling and being on mission with college students, and being enmeshed in the life of the local church. Dave’s primary goal in life is to know Christ more deeply each day and help others to as well…in hopes that they would all be “disciples who make disciples”. He and his wife Lauren have a son, Graham, and a daughter, Macy Jane. They reside in the Brier Creek area of RDU. He and his wife are planning to start a husband/wife blog in the near future (This was not his idea).

Wes Smith



Wes is from Sandersville, GA and graduated with a degree in finance from the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! Wes loves to play sports, chill at coffee shops, eat at Chick-fil-A, and watch the Georgia Bulldogs. More than all that, he loves to hang out with his wife, Molly. Wes works at UNC Chapel Hill and loves to see college students follow Christ and commit to making disciples who make disciples.

Elizabeth Hughes

Women’s Director


Elizabeth grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 where she majored in Human Development. She enjoys working with college students because she loves seeing their lives transformed by the gospel and students living for God’s glory instead of their own. In her free time she can be found visiting local coffee shops, listening to Katy Perry, and asking random questions.

What is the Summit College Staff Program?

The Summit College Staff Program is a 2 year intensive program for college graduates or young professionals where our residents are trained and equipped in ministry and leadership through team development, practical theology/leadership classes, and local church function by being on staff at Summit. Each SC Staff resident is assigned to a specific university in the Triangle, and their mission is to help lead college students towards Christ and his church, as well as be a part of making “disciples who make disciples” of all nations. Each resident will lead Summit mission trips with college students to engage with Summit partners around the globe each summer. The community, the classes, and experiences that have been gained by current and former residents have greatly shaped the trajectory and effectiveness of their lives in life and ministry.

Support Summit College Staff


Because there are over 1000 college students that are a part of the Summit, we know there are many students who are invested in campus ministries at their university. Summit considers many of these campus ministries “partners” and “extensions” of what God is doing in the Triangle and through our church. We strongly value these partnerships, and work together in many ways, and ultimately want our college students to leverage their time in college both investing in their campus ministry and developing a love and value for the local church, whether that be through Summit or another church in RDU.

Many of our students are involved at the college level in ministries like CRU, RUF, EveryNation, FCA, Campus Outreach, InterVarsity, College Life, and others.

Current Staff Members