Meet Our Staff
JIM STEINER - Senior Pastor
Jim Steiner was ordained in 1981 and has been in pastoral ministry for over thirty years. He recently celebrated 25 years as the Senior Pastor here at Summit Church. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Humboldt State University as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot Seminary (BIOLA University). Jim has served in his present position as Lead Pastor since 1990.
Prior to pastoral ministry, Jim served with the United States Forest Service and the National Park Service as a Park Ranger. He was also involved in campus ministry with the Navigator’s for several years.
Jim has served on a number of boards and has been a consultant and adviser to the Executive Directors of two international mission boards. He is presently a mentor pastor of the Northwest Region of the American Baptist Church as well as a board member locally of Treasure the Valley, Treasure Valley Festivals, and a servant leader of the Treasure Valley Prayer Summit movement.
Jim is passionate about preaching and teaching the Word of God and living it out in the power of Christ every day. Jim has spoken and taught in a variety of settings both nationally and internationally.
Jim has been married to his wife, Judy, for more than thirty years, and they are blessed with three grown sons.
BRIAN MERZ - Discipleship Pastor
I grew up in the north side of Boise and I’m so glad that I still get to live here. I received a BS in Interpersonal Communications with a Math Minor from the University of Idaho in 1987. I received an MA in Biblical Studies and Ministry from the Cole Center for Biblical Studies in 1991. I have served on the staff of The Summit Church since October 1991. My wife Angela and I were married in 1989 and we have two children, Isabella and Benjamin.
I enjoy skiing in the winter and camping in the summer. I collect and train bonsai trees. I love very HOT salsa and Thai food, but rhubarb pie with coffee will always be my favorite food. I also enjoy reading fiction for pleasure. I normally have multiple titles checked out from the public library. My ‘79 VW bus is the first and only car I have owned.
CHAD MARVIN - Worship Pastor
Chad Marvin has been Worship & Arts Pastor at The Summit Church in Boise, Idaho for almost eleven years. He is a singer / songwriter from Grand Rapids, Michigan who’s all about encouraging people to move closer to God; to use their musical abilities, to seek His face and to sit at His feet.
His mantra can be heard almost every Sunday as he leads with his Worship Team. “No matter where we’ve come from, no matter what we’ve done, there is nothing that can separate us from Christ’s unconditional love – He stands with His arms open wide, waiting for us to run to Him”.
Chad has a music and missions ministry to Eastern Europe which he continues to develop, giving musicians opportunity to share their lives and craft with a culture in great need.
His music career, aside from overseeing worship and arts ministries, is accompanied by a long list of achievements including writing with UMPG’S Final Four Music in Nashville and producing more than a dozen worship band albums under the Summit Church name. He released his first solo project “FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD” in 2008 under True North Music Group, Inc. in Boise. His Christmas single “WHEN HEAVEN CAME TO EARTH” was released in 2011. His alum, “PSALM”, will be released this fall (2014).
Hobbies: Travel, flying, photography, and watching movies.
Psalm 127:1-2 Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
For more about Chad, visit his website: www.chadmarvin.com
NATHAN STEINER - Children's Ministry Director
Nathan Steiner grew up attending The Summit Church and left in 2001 in order to attend Biola University in Southern California. After 11 years of exile, he returned to serve as Children’s Director in the Fall 2012. Nathan has a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education Ministries from Biola University, and a Masters of Divinity from the Talbot School of Theology. He has worked as a full-time substitute teacher in the Norwalk school district in California for four years.
Nathan has a passion for Missions and he has had key roles in running the campus wide Missions Conference at Biola University for two years. In addition, he has gone on several short term missions trips in China and Mexico. While living in Southern California, he spent many years working with International students and missionary kids at Biola University. Through those relationships, he has been able to learn about many different countries and cultures through the stories of students who grew up there and has gained a better understanding about the global church.
Nathan has enjoyed being reunited with life in Idaho including the ability to experience four distinct seasons, drive across town in under 10 minutes and attend the occasional Boise State Football and Basketball game. In July 2015, Nathan married Madisyn and they enjoy camping, traveling and starting a new life together.