The first church in Acts devoted themselves to one another in the gospel and in fellowship. They ate together, prayed together, studied the Word together, and gave generously to meet the needs of one another. As a result, many people in the surrounding community came to faith in Christ. At The Summit Church, our campuses are striving to make the same impact by devoting themselves to one another and allowing that love to flow out to the community around them.
When you arrive for the first time, you will notice signs that ask you to turn on your hazard lights. From there, our parking team will escort you to the closest available parking spot. The Summit has a “come as you are” casual atmosphere. We have no expectations for attire.
All campuses offer special activities for kids and students. Times and locations vary by campus for middle and high school, so check their pages of this site for more information on regular programming. All children ages 4th grade and younger check-in with a secure sticker system; the check-in process is quick and easy, and you’re given a secure code where only you can pick them up.
When you come for the first time, don’t forget to stop by the First Time Guest tent to introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you and your family, and answer any questions you may have.
Associate Campus Pastor
Worship Leader, Young Pros Director
Summit Students Director (RT56, Middle School, High School)
Mike McDaniel is a campus elder who serves the Summit as the pastor of church planting and leadership development. Mike has been around the Summit since 2008 and was part of the team that helped launch the Downtown Durham campus. Mike, his wife Jamie, and their two daughters (Madelyn and Amelia) live in south Durham.
Peter Park is a campus elder and serves as the campus pastor at Downtown Durham. Peter and his wife Grace have been around the Summit since June 2010 and at the Downtown Durham campus since the fall of 2011. They have a son and daughter, Timothy and Ellis.
Eric Stortz is a campus elder and has been on the Summit staff since 2010, currently serving as the director of the Sam James Institute. He and his wife, Lindsay, became members of the Summit in 2008 and began attending the Downtown Durham campus in 2014. They have been married 10+ years and have two dogs, Shanie and Mayberry.
Billy Lowe is a campus elder who serves as the associate campus pastor at the Downtown Durham campus. Billy and Allison have been a part of The Summit Church since July 2012. Billy and Allison have two little girls, Emma and Addy.
John Pearson is a campus elder who’s been at the Summit since 2008. He’s also a faculty member with the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, where his work combines data mining approaches with clinical research. His wife, Amber, serves as local outreach director for the Downtown Durham campus.
Erik McKee is a campus elder who has been a member of The Summit Church since 2008. He is the regional director for Campus Outreach, whose mission is to glorify God by building laborers on the campus to advance the church in the lost world. Erik and his wife Katie live in South Durham and helped launch the Downtown Durham campus.
Vic Wallace is a campus elder and works at the Durham Ritz. Vic and his wife Michele along with their sons Mitch and Chris have been at the Downtown Durham Campus for a couple of years now. They are involved in our worship, production and first impressions ministries. Vic also helps to coordinate our ministry efforts to refugees that are resettled in Durham.
Phil Wiggins is a campus elder and also serves the Summit Church as our Senior Adult Pastor. He and his wife Faye are long time, committed members of the Summit Church and the Downtown Durham campus!
Christopher Combs, Adam Hopler, Ben McCormick, Claire McCormick, Amber Pearson, Annie Workman, Michael Workman, Lori Cain, Cary Cain, Rodney Van Scyoc, Paul Manning, Chad Ervin, Jean Fitzgerald, Bruce Presley, Trent Cormier, Emanuel Siu, Mike and Elizabeth Houston
The local outreach ministry at The Summit Church exists to send disciples to make disciples among the hurting and marginalized in our community. Serve365 is the mobilization campaign that connects Summit members to roles on campus teams serving year-round in their community. Below are teams serving specifically at the Downtown Durham campus. Learn more about local outreach at the Summit.
Urban Ministries of Durham
The promise that Jesus offers in John 14 is available to everyone who follows him, but many homeless people have spent years without a place where they belong. Because of that, they may have trouble believing Jesus’ promise is for them. The mission of this team is to make that promise believable through acts of service and care. The Downtown Durham homeless team partners with Urban Ministries of Durham. Participants can volunteer monthly to help supply, prepare, and serve meals for the homeless community in Durham.
Duke ISI and International Friends
Jesus commanded his followers in Matthew 28 to make disciples of all nations and peoples. Often people assume that this work is reserved for international church planters, but in RDU, the Lord is bringing the nations to our backyard through the international student population. Disappointingly, about 70 percent of all international students never spend time with Americans in their homes. This team connects volunteers with students so that friendships can be established and lead to discipleship. Get involved with Saturday Suppers hosted once a month by Duke International Students Incorporated, holiday hospitality, and airport welcomes! Conversation partners through International Friends are also needed every year to help students with their English — a perfect way to build intentional relationships.
Refugee Ministry: World Relief Durham
The RDU area receives hundreds of refugees every year. Most of them come from countries where they do not have access to the gospel. The refugee ministry team helps refugees resettle in America by befriending them, helping them learn a new culture, and assisting them as they build a new life here. To engage refugees, the Downtown Durham team works closely with World Relief, an evangelical refugee resettlement agency. Volunteer opportunities include building relationships, providing meals, helping with transportation to medical appointments, teaching English, donating resources, or becoming a resettlement team to partner with a refugee family in all of these ways.
North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, Durham County Jail, and Wake Correctional Center
Prisons in RDU are filled with men and women whose lives are defined by what they’ve done to break the law, but the gospel offers the chance for their lives to be defined by what Jesus has done on the cross. The Summit men’s and women’s prison ministries show and share the love of Christ with prisoners and their families pre- and post-release. Volunteer opportunities include prayer, mentoring, family outreach, children’s supervised visits with their moms, quilting with the women, helping ex-offenders get connected to jobs, housing, transportation, and other re-entry resources.
Single moms often bear a disproportionate share of the responsibility to care for the fatherless in our community and often struggle to hold multiple jobs to support their families while also caring for their children well. God commands his Church to be a family to those whose earthly family may have failed them (Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27), especially these women whom he calls beloved daughters. The Downtown Durham team builds intentional relationships with single moms by providing needed baby items, meals, GED tutoring, life-on-life mentoring, play dates for children, and rides to church on the weekends.
Medical Hospitality: Dean Thomas Moinet Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, and Project Access of Durham County
We live in the “City of Medicine,” and there are hundreds of families that move to Durham to receive long-term medical care. These families often struggle with isolation, fear, and depression. Team members serve these families and share the love of Christ with them through prayer, hospital visits, transportation assistance, housing, meals, and cards of encouragement. Join this team to meet not only the physical needs of people but to also provide the hope of the gospel to them in their time of need.