The Summit Church

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The Summit Church
Location Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Country United States
Denomination Southern Baptist Convention
Weekly attendance 8,500
Founded 1961 (1961)
Senior pastor(s) J.D. Greear

The Summit Church is a Southern Baptist megachurch that meets at seven locations throughout Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Regular attendance averages 8,500 people weekly. Services are also available through the church website and by podcast. There is also a Summit Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas.


The Summit Church, which originated as Homestead Heights Baptist Church, began in 1961[1] when Sam James preached the first service at what was then the Grace Baptist Mission in Durham. Within a year, the mission had grown into the new Homestead Heights Baptist Church. The Church grew to a membership of over 150 by 1965 and as it continued to grow, the congregation constructed a new church building in the 1980s to host close to 600 people. Although it briefly exceeded capacity, the 1990s saw little growth and eventually declined to a stable 400 members.

In 2002, Homestead Heights called its college pastor of a year and a half, J.D. Greear, to be pastor.[2][3] Upon accepting the position, Greear called for the renaming and ultimately the re-launching of the church as The Summit Church. In the first three years, a great resurgence of members inevitably led to the sale of its property located on Holt School Road, and in April 2005 the church began holding services at Riverside High School.[1]

As of July 2014, The Summit Church has 8 campuses.


The vision of the Summit Church is summarized in Jesus’ Great Commandment to "Love God, Love Each Other, and Love Our World."[4]


  1. ^ a b Flo Johnston. "Church sets sites anew as it grows." Published 2007-09-15. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  2. ^ Flo Johnston. "Church to sell its site." Published 2005-03-04. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  3. ^ Yonat Shimron. "Durham church spreads Gospel with DVDs." Published 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  4. ^ "The Summit Church". 

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