A Brief History
Summit Church opened its doors for the first time in the Fall of 2002 at the Aloma Cinema Grill. About 300 people showed up for the very first service, and by the end of the year there were about 90 regular attendees. Fortunately, by God’s grace, the Summit family has been growing in breadth and depth ever since.
On January 18th, 2004, Summit moved to Winter Park High School. Even with facility challenges (the air conditioning worked about 40 percent of the time), God was faithful, and people continued to take steps toward Him. On September 11th, 2005, Summit moved into its first permanent location, the old AMC theatre just off Colonial Drive near the Fashion Square Mall—now known as the Herndon campus. Today there are three additional campuses: the Waterford campus in East Orlando, the Lake Mary campus in North Orlando, and the 33rd Street campus for Horizon Wing inmates at the Orange County Jail. Around 5,000 people are learning together, serving together, and worshiping together at these sites around the city of Orlando each week.
The glue that holds Summit together is not just what’s been, but what is now, and will always be: the vision. We are laying our lives down to be a biblically functioning community, to reach more people with the message of the gospel, and to love each other well while doing it.