Summit Church began with the idea of planting a church that would make disciples for the glory of God in the Tri-City area. After a rigorous assessment and training process, Todd and Paige Theissen were selected and approved by the Evangelical Covenant Church to plant Summit Church.
Summit Church met for the first time on Mother’s Day 2009 in the barn (yes, a barn) of Bruce and Kristie Morain. The vision to start a church that would make disciples for the glory of God was born with just a few faithful families.
On August 23, 2009, Summit Church held its first worship service in the auditorium of Mid America Christian University. A total of four monthly services were held in that facility.
Later that year on November 22, Summit Church held its first worship service in the “Old” Newcastle High School Gym. With a little over 100 adults and the kids meeting in classrooms next door, Summit Church began its wonderful relationship with the Newcastle Public School System.
On May 20, 2010, Summit Church made its next move to the Newcastle Middle School Cafeteria. With about 250 people, Summit was able to worship in the cafeteria for almost a year. During that time, the Church was able to purchase and begin renovations on the permanent building located at 5 N. Main. The building was originally the First Baptist Church but had also been used as Newcastle City Hall and, most recently, a vacant storage facility.
The following year Summit Church held its first worship service in our new building on February 27, 2011. The Church saw immediate growth and quickly needed three services to accommodate all the people God was sending.
On January 13, 2013, Summit made its most recent move into the brand new Newcastle High School Auditorium. With seating for over 700, this facility allows us to further reach this community that God has called us to serve. We pray that this beautiful auditorium will remain our place of worship for the next several years.
God has done so much in a short time. We know that He is honoring our simple vision to make disciples for his glory, and we humbly await what He has in store for the future of Summit Church. May Jesus continue to build His Church.