The Summit Church
 

Our Vision

“Making lifelong followers of Jesus who become more like Him every day.”

The product of the Summit Church is transformed lives. Our various programs exist to make committed, lifelong followers of Jesus who become more like Him each day. This is our vision and all of our ministries exist to accomplish this goal.

 

Our Strategy

So how exactly do you make a follower of Jesus? What can a person do to see their life changed into the image of Christ? Our strategy for accomplishing the vision includes 3 components:

  • Connecting you to a small group

  • Training you to practice 5 Habits for Christian growth (listed below)

  • Reaching your 8-15 with the gospel

We believe that a person who is connected in meaningful relationships with others, and who is regularly practicing the 5 Habits below, and who is actively reaching others with the message of salvation will remain a lifelong follower of Jesus whose life is being changed more and more into the image of Christ.

 

5 Habits for Christian Growth

The bottom line is that we can’t walk with God for you. The church has an important role but ultimately each person is responsible for their own spiritual life. These 5 habits are about spending time with Jesus throughout the week. Sundays are important but we encourage people at The Summit to follow Jesus on the other six days as well. We train and encourage these 5 habits so that individuals can take responsibility to grow in their relationship with God.

 

1. Daily Devotions – Spending time with God each day.
2. Prayer – Maintaining open and honest communication with God.
3. The Word – Bible study and memorization. It’s hard to obey God if we don’t know what he says.
4. Worship – Celebrating God’s presence and honoring Him with our lifestyle.
5. Giving ourselves away to meet the needs of others – God generously gave himself and we should too.

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Our Statement of Faith

 

We the members of the summit church believe...

  • The Bible to be the inspired and only inerrant authoritative Word of God.
     

  • There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and called the God head in the scriptures and that in the Lord Jesus Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead Bodily.
     

  • In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
     

  • Man is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning death, evidenced by personal repentance from sin.
     

  • In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
     

  • In the resurrection of both the saved and lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
     

  • In the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

 

Statement of biblical authority...

The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself, as the inspired and inerrant Word of God, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of church doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Ministry Board is the church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

 

OUR GOAL...

To make lifelong followers of Jesus who become more like him every day.

Our History

 

In the early 1950’s, a group of people from First Baptist Church in downtown Boise had a desire to reach west Boise with the gospel. That desire ultimately led them to plant Second Baptist Church on May 13, 1955. The church built its first building a year later on Curtis Road, just south of St. Alphonsus Hospital which was the heart of west Boise in the 1950’s.

Second Baptist Church outgrew that building and decided to relocate in the 1970’s. They retained their original vision of reaching west Boise with the gospel as they looked for a new location. A member of the church, who was also a developer, said the intersection of Overland and Five Mile was slated to become a major retail center for west Boise.

Though it was only corn fields at the time, the church built its current facility in 1976. An addition was added to the building in 1998 and the congregation voted to change its name to The Summit Church in 2009.

In over 60 years of ministry we've only had five Senior Pastors and we've never experienced a church split. The Summit Church has had a history of unity and longevity that we believe is a strong testimony to our community.

Though our location and name have both changed since 1955, our vision remains the same. God has called us to be light for the gospel in west Boise. We are excited that God continues to use us in this community and abroad through our missions work!

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Our Board of ELDERS

 
 
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Chip Knight

My wife and I have been at the Summit about twenty years, and have been involved in various
ministries. I have taught adult Sunday School, worked with Pastor Brian in College Ministry, volunteered with the youth, and Lesley and I have both been active in AWANA and missions. We feel that God has placed us at the Summit to serve, and are excited to see what He has in store for this church.


Dan Williams

Dan was born in Boise and has been blessed to have spent the vast majority of his life working and raising his family here. He has been a part of the Summit Church family for 20 years and has been serving on the Elder Board since 2009.

Dan has been married to his beautiful wife Judi for 35 years, with a blended family that includes three grown children and eight grandkids. Ministry activities include serving in AWANA's, facilitating a home Bible Study group and volunteering with the local City Ministry Team for the "Family Life Marriage Getaway" that is held in Boise each spring.

Dan was part of a four man mission team in 2013 that had the privilege of installing a solar power system at a pastors training center in Kicongo, a remote village in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.... A trip that changed him forever.

Dan is always looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors with his family. Usually by fly fishing, big game hunting or chasing birds with his dog Jack.

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Taylor Easterday

My name is Taylor Easterday. I am husband to Lisa (whom many of you know), and the father of two
Christian young men. I am an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting and fishing. I enjoy playing guitar for our worship team, and look forward to continuing my service at the Summit.


Alan Miller

I have been serving the church as a board member since early 2007, and as treasurer since 2010.

I was born and raised in Eastern Oregon, graduating from high school and obtaining my college degree while working full time. I am now retired after concluding a career of over 46 years with Boise Cascade and its successors, working in various accounting and financial positions in Oregon, Louisiana, Mexico and finally in Boise.

I presently serve on the board of Mission Northwest (the Northwest Region of the American Baptist Church), and also on the board of a small non-profit Christian publishing company.

My wife, Nora and I have been involved in financial ministries since about 2005, first by facilitating Crown Financial Ministries studies and then by coordinating Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University classes. Up to this point we have seen some 20 classes and over 300 people introduced to life-changing biblical financial concepts and instruction.

Nora and I are blessed with 11 grandchildren. Nora recently retired, as well, and we look forward to more opportunities to spend time with them. We intend to stay active, and are now enjoying travel, fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping – pretty much anything outdoors.

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Kevin Booe

Kevin and his wife, Stephanie have been married for 31 years and have attended the Summit for 24 years. Kevin has served as a church musician, children’s and adult Sunday school teacher, Elder, Awana leader and director, and small group leader. He and Stephanie have served as co-teachers for kids and served on a mission trip to Joplin, after the 2011 tornado, to assist with cleanup. They both have a heart for the local refugee/immigrant population.

Kevin is the Executive Director for the Boise Public Library system. Stephanie serves as a staff member for the Learning Lab, Inc., a local non-profit that helps educate refugees and immigrants and Boise citizens who desire English language instruction and need assistance in earning their GED. Kevin’s life verse is Philippians 1:6, "For I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus," which reminds him that our Christian walk is a continuous journey and, God has a plan for all of us.


Mike Hart

Bio & photo coming soon...


Dave Sherman

Bio & photo coming soon...