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.


Jeremiah & Becky Wentz - Executive & Worship Pastors

Jeremiah and Becky have been on staff at Summit since 2009. Jeremiah grew up outside Baltimore and Becky is from nearby Belington, WV. They met at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK.

Jeremiah also manages online advertising for Elkins Auto, as well as running a website and graphic design business. Becky left the social work field and now homeschools their four wonderful (and slightly crazy) kids. They are huge fans of sports, music and coffee. Their house is never quiet, rarely clean, but full of life.


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

Born and raised in Elkins, WV, Chad has been serving in children’s ministry for more than a decade.  A father of four children, Chad has a passion for all types of outreach, with an emphasis on inner city missions work.  Over the past two years, he has led two teams to Buffalo for inner city mission work.

Born in Tampa, FL, Debbie moved to Elkins in the early 1980’s. She went to Fairmont State for Family and Consumer Sciences. In 2001, Debbie started attending church, where she eventually began teaching Sunday school, working in the nursery and helping with VBS. Since 2011, she has directed kids church, led new member orientation, special events, and wherever else she can lend a hand. Chad and Debbie joined Summit in 2014 and became Children's Pastors in 2015. 

Debbie has tutored, taught nutrition at WVU, was a camp instructor and counselor for 4H, taught at a local Christian School and worked at Youth Health Services as well. She homeschools their children and and is certified as a Parent Educator for the Parents as Teachers program. Beginning in 2015, Debbie will be the Challenge A Director for the local chapter of Classical Conversations, a homeschool program.

Chad and Debbie got married in 2002 and have since received several "Dad of the Year" and "Mom of the Year" awards ... from their children. They have a passion for seeing kids learn about God and establish a strong foundation that will allow them to understand and defend their faith as they grow into adolescents. They have three crazy fun children of their own: ViviAnne, CeCelia and Chancellor.


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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