Chapel Hill

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Chapel Hill Campus

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.

Lance Michels

Campus Pastor

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Campus Leadership

Lance Michels

Campus Pastor

AJ Farthing

Associate Campus Pastor

Ricky Harris

Associate Campus Pastor of Discipleship

Amy LaBarr


Kyle Wilkinson

Worship Leader

Blair Waggett

Kids Director

Griff Crews

Student Director

Josh Ferguson

College Director

Rhett Gough

Production Director

Gail Werstlein

Women's Discipleship Coordinator

Campus Elders

Mike Echstenkamper
AJ Farthing
Ricky Harris
Mike LaBarr
Lance Michels
Skipper Perryman
Wes Smith
Ryan Vet
Bob Werstlein


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 Chapel Hill campus. Learn more about local outreach at the Summit.

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Many young people in this city live disconnected from a community of caring adults, job opportunities, and even the education system. Life experience has made them believe they have little value, but this team’s mission is to share the hope of Christ and walk with them through life’s challenges. GoMentor is a primary way that Summit engages disconnected youth. GoMentor equips and trains individuals to become qualified mentors that are placed in existing mentor systems in schools and throughout the community. Currently, GoMentor has placed Summit volunteers in 22 locations throughout the Triangle.

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School Engagement: Chapel Hill City Schools

Schools in our communities are hubs where people across all sectors of life gather. They form a common ground with needs that can be met by the Church through acts of service and kindness and building relationships to share the gospel. The Chapel Hill team currently serves at East Chapel Hill High School and Ephesus Road Elementary and hopes to connect with more local schools. Volunteers can connect with a specific school in Chapel Hill or plug into schools with an existing partnership.

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HomeStart Women’s Shelter

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 Chapel Hill campus team partners with HomeStart, a program that provides 24-hour emergency and long-term housing and services to homeless women and children. Women are invited to participate in helping to serve a Summit-sponsored meal the first Saturday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

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International Friends

Jesus commanded his followers in Matthew 28 to make disciples of all nations and peoples. Often people think 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. The Chapel Hill team mainly engages international students through International Friends. IF pairs international students with English-speaking conversation partners and also hosts a monthly meal where all the international students in their program come together for a meal and fellowship together.

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Beloved Ministries
As single moms often struggle to provide for their families and bear the weight of caring for the fatherless in our community, many times they can find themselves in jobs they never would have chosen for themselves, such as the adult industry. The Beloved team connects with dancers, bouncers, and club owners to show them the love of Christ through developing relationships with them. They meet regularly to pray for and to visit the clubs with gifts to help develop relationships and for opportunities to share the good news of Christ.

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Pregnancy Support Services (PSS)

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 Chapel Hill campus single moms ministry team partners with Pregnancy Support Services to meet these needs in several capacities. Volunteers are able to apply for the client advocate program, counseling women and pointing them to the gospel as they visit the center, as well as providing clerical support in the office. Individuals and groups can also partner with them to prepare annotated Bibles to give clients as they visit the center and assist in visiting schools with the sexual integrity education program.

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