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 church that meets at nine locations throughout Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Regular attendance averages nearly 10,000 people weekly. Services are also available through the church website and by podcast.


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 October 2015, The Summit Church has 9 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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