A movement of disciple-making disciples

Mission and Values

Following the Holy Spirit, we exist to create a movement of disciple-making disciples in RDU and around the world. We seek to fulfill our mission through gospel-centered living, blessing our community, and planting churches.

Our Mission and Values


The Summit began in 1961 when Pastor Sam James founded a church with the mission of reaching the world with the gospel. That church became Homestead Heights, and in 1998, they fasted and prayed for what God would do next. In December 2001, the church voted to call J.D. Greear as the new lead pastor, and they relaunched as The Summit Church.

Our History

About Pastor J.D.

Pastor J.D. has led the Summit in a bold vision to plant 1,000 new churches by the year 2050. The author of several books, he completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as the 62nd president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

About Pastor J.D.

Meet the Team

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