Mike has served as the pastor of church planting and leadership development at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. since 2008. During that time, the Summit has planted 52 churches in the U.S. and launched the Summit Collaborative as part of a vision to plant 1,000 churches in this generation. Mike received his B.S. from the University of Texas in Biology (certainly putting that degree to good use) and spent time as a missionary in Taiwan before earning his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. Mike met his wife, Jamie, on a short-term mission trip to Southeast Asia (the perfect first date spot), and they were married in 2011. Mike and Jamie have two daughters, Madelyn and Amelia. Mike directs the vision and strategy of Summit Collaborative and serves as one of the instructors of the church planting residency.
Matt has been at The Summit Church since his days as a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. He served for four years on staff with Campus Outreach Raleigh, a college ministry in the Triangle, overseeing staff development and student mobilization. Matt now oversees assessment and training of church planting residents. He met his wife, Lindsey, at the Summit where she works as a video producer and photographer. Matt enjoys reading, exploring new restaurants, and making wild assumptions about people based on their Myers-Briggs.
Megan grew up in Greenville, S.C., and graduated from North Greenville University with a degree in English. In 2016, she moved to the triangle to pursue an M.Div. in Christian Leadership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In years past, she has worked as a youth intern and children’s director–all reminding her that she is passionate about training and equipping women to utilize their gifts and strengths in the local church. Megan serves as the administrator to the Summit Collaborative.
Communications and Marketing
Katie served as the communications director at The Summit Church from 2012 to 2016 before transitioning to a similar role with the Summit Collaborative. Katie previously served as communications director at The Chapel in Chicagoland and communications project manager for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. Katie graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004. She now lives in Charleston, W. Va. with her husband, Cleve Persinger, and three kids, Cy, Charlotte, and Warner.