As we consider the best timeline and approach for reopening our campuses, our directional elders continue to keep an eye on the governor’s guidelines, to consult with medical professionals, and to consider what other churches of our size are doing. As we have from the beginning, we are attempting to make wise decisions that both honor our governing authorities and bless our community.

To that end, our directional elders have decided that we will continue to operate online-only for all ministry functions, including the weekend service, at least through Sunday, July 19.

Our task force will make a new recommendation to the directional elders the week of July 20. As they decide the timeline for our next steps, we will communicate them with you as soon as possible. Until then, stay tuned at, social media, and your email.

Virtual Member Meeting Replay

At our May virtual member meeting, we discussed the current state of the Summit and our plans for reopening. You can watch the full meeting below.

As of now, our plans include (but are not limited to) the following:

Summit Online

Right now, our primary strategy to reach all people is through Summit Online—including worship services and small groups (or virtual groups).

Summit Online Service Times

Saturdays at 4 p.m. | Sundays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6 p.m. | Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Worship Together With Neighbors in Your Homes

As you’re comfortable, invite neighbors and friends into your home to worship with you.

Preparing for and Returning to In-person Worship

We’ll remain online through at least July 19. We don’t have specific dates and times for resuming in-person worship, but know that we’re preparing our reopening plan to use when we are ready to do so.

Upcoming Virtual Member Meeting

In light of the recent developments in our state, we have postponed our member meeting originally scheduled for the end of June. We’ll reconvene and share updates on our plans to keep you and your families safe as we have more information. 

To help you navigate the current season, we’ve addressed some FAQs regarding our church, how we’re making decisions, and our plans moving forward. You can find them on the right side of this page under “More Resources.”

Watch a recap of our virtual member meeting to hear more about the Summit’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and our strategy for reopening.

Broadcast Sunday, May 31 at 8 p.m.

Archived Documents

January 2020 Congregational Vote Results

Blue Ridge Land Parcel Sale

In our weekend services on Jan. 11 and 12, members of The Summit Church voted to approve the sale of a land parcel from the Blue Ridge campus property (99 percent).

2020 Directional Elder Board

In our weekend services on Jan. 11 and 12, the congregation approved the addition of Kanhka Linthavong to the directional elder board. He will begin serving (effective today) and replace Jack Keegan from our Apex campus. We are greatly appreciative of the leadership and wisdom that Jack brought throughout his term as a directional elder.

New appointments of congregational elders to the directional elder board are presented to the congregation and if approved, serve a term of four years. Staff elders are selected by the senior pastor with the consent of the active board. Below is the 2020 directional elder board.

Kanhka Linthavong, Elder, Alamance Campus
George Derbyshire, Elder, Blue Ridge Campus
Chris Rudolph, Elder, Brier Creek Campus
Scott Hildreth, Elder, Capital Hills Campus
Eric Chetwood, Elder, North Durham Campus
Peter Park, Campus Pastor, Downtown Durham Campus
Raudel Hernandez, Campus Pastor, Summit en Espanol Campus
Daniel Simmons, Executive Pastor of Campuses
David Thompson, Lead Pastor, Executive Leadership
J.D. Greear, Pastor of The Summit Church

Other Important Documents

Pastoral Compensation Policy Church Bylaws