Hal, raised in Charleston, WV, received a BA in Christian Ministries from Belhaven College and a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University. Hal was on the pastoral staff of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the director of Victory World Missions Training Center. He has also been an associate pastor and a youth pastor. Hal has authored one book, The Barnabas Factor.

Lisa, raised in Greeneville, TN, graduated from East Tennessee State University. She was an elementary teacher in the public school system. She also holds a Bible degree from the National Organization of Bible Institute.

Hal and Lisa started Catchfire! Ministries, a missions mobilizing organization. They have ministered in over 40 nations through short-term missions trips, mass evangelistic crusades and leadership conferences. They have one daughter, Isabella.


Randy & Renee Ellis - Executive Pastors

As Executive Pastors, Randy and Renee provide spiritual and administrative oversight to our children's and youth ministries, also to our faithful volunteers who serve on our Impact Teams. While both are originally from West Virginia, they attended Victory Bible College in Tulsa, OK, focusing on the pastoral ministry program.
 
With biblical training and years of student ministry experience they followed the call to join Pastors Hal and Lisa and a handful of others to launch Summit Church in 2009. After serving as youth pastors for 8 years they stepped into the Executive Pastor role to provide leadership development and encouragement to those who faithfully serve our community through Summit.
 
Randy and Renee live in the wonderful city of Elkins, WV, with their daughter and cat.


Chad & Debbie Ware - Children's Pastors

Chad and Debbie joined the staff of Summit Church in March of 2015. Chad is employed by Davis Health System and Debbie is part-time peer counselor for WV WIC; they’ve been blissfully married for 16 years. They have a passion for introducing children to Jesus, and giving them an opportunity to live in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

Combined, they have over 45 years of experience working with kids of all ages. With four kids of their own, they’re lives are never boring, rarely quiet, and generally require large amounts of caffeine and chocolate. They’re passions are outreach and mission work. One of their ministry goals is to constantly seek out opportunities to stretch the kids of Camp Summit beyond their comfort zone.


Nick & Jillian Toothman - Youth Pastors

Nick Jillian Toothman Elkins WV Summit Church Youth Pastors

Nick, a Steelers fan and chicken alfredo enthusiast, is a native of Fairmont, West Virginia. He graduated from Fairmont State University in 2013 with a degree in Finance and Business Administration. 

Jill, originally from Elkins, moved to Fairmont in 2013. There, she met her husband (that's Nick, by the way) and attained a degree in Communications and Journalism. She also loves cats and stand-up comedy, in that order. 

Together, the couple helped lead Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship and Trinity Young Adults Ministry while in Fairmont. Now, Nick and Jill are honored to serve as Youth Pastors at Summit Church and to make Elkins their home. 


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