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 a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in theology from Biola University/Talbot School of Theology in Los Angeles. Some of the funnest and most 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 entrenched in the life of the local church. Dave’s primary goal in life is to know Christ more deeply each day and help others do the same so that they would all be disciples who make disciples. He and Lauren have two sons, Graham and Beck, and a daughter, Macy Jane, and they are planning to start a husband/wife blog in the near future (this was not his idea). They reside in the Brier Creek area of Raleigh-Durham.

Daniel Drake

GoNow Director


Daniel is from Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2010. He moved to North Carolina after college to work on his M.Div. at Southeastern Seminary. At that time, he was invited to work with Summit College to disciple students at Duke University. Through leading mission trips and learning more about God’s heart for the nations, he received a call to help plant churches in Europe for two years. After that assignment, the Lord drew him back to Summit College in order to help college students develop their love for the nations and train them to be sent out as missionaries after they graduate. His passion is to see college students and local churches renewed in the gospel, leading them to spend their lives serving Christ and his mission. He loves home-brewed coffee, Bama football, Europe, and theology.

Wes Smith



Wes grew up in a small town in Georgia and then earned his finance degree from the University of Georgia. After graduating, he moved to North Carolina to attend seminary and started working with Summit College. Wes enjoys watching Georgia football, eating Chick-fil-A, and drinking coffee but more than all of that spending time with his wife Molly. He is committed to making disciples who make disciples on the college campus that are then sent all over the world.

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 them transformed by the gospel and 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 two-year, intensive program for college graduates or young professionals to be trained and equipped in ministry and leadership through team development, practical theology/leadership classes, and local church function by being on staff at the Summit. Each SC staff resident is assigned to a specific university in the Triangle, and his or her mission is to help lead college students toward Christ and his church and be a part of making disciples who make disciples of all nations. Each summer, residents will lead college students on mission trips to partner with Summit missionaries around the globe. The community, classes, and experiences of current and former residents have greatly shaped the trajectory and effectiveness of their lives and ministries.

Support Summit College Staff


We know that many of the more than 1,000 college students that are a part of the Summit are invested in college ministries like CRU, RUF, EveryNation, FCA, Campus Outreach, InterVarsity, and College Life. 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. Ultimately, we want students to leverage their time in college investing in their campus ministry and developing a love for the local church, whether that’s the Summit or another church in Raleigh-Durham.

Current Staff Members