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.
Herndon Campus – 2005
In early 2005, Summit launched the Open Doors initiative and raised the funds needed to purchase and renovate the old AMC Theatre off of Colonial Drive near the Fashion Square Mall—now known as the Herndon campus. On September 11th, we moved into our first permanent location. Over the coming years, the congregation would grow exponentially, leading to the birth of new campuses and a vision for multi-site as a means of reaching more people and forming new communities all over the Orlando area.
Waterford Campus – 2010
On January 3rd, 2010, Summit Waterford began meeting in the South Meeting Room at the Herndon campus and establishing a community that was willing to Go Local and be part of a new extension of the Summit family. In March, the Waterford campus moved to Lawton Chiles Elementary School, where they spent the next 11 months. On February 20th, 2011, Summit Waterford celebrated opening doors at a brand-new facility on Lake Underhill Road. Today the campus is thriving and growing, serving the community in East Orlando and reaching people with the news that they matter to God.
33rd Street Jail Campus – 2012
On January 1st, 2012, Summit launched a brand-new and completely different kind of campus in the Horizon Wing of the 33rd Street Jail. Through weekly worship services, reGROUP, and the commitment of a dedicated team of volunteers, this campus is forming biblically functioning communities inside the 33rd Street Jail that share Jesus’ grace, hope, and love with the inmates.
Lake Mary Campus – 2012
At The Plaza Live on April 1st, 2012, 135 adults and 50 children from the North Orlando area launched Summit’s newest campus. For five months they served together, formed Connect groups, and invited people into the family that was forming. In August of that year, the campus moved to a new home at Lake Mary High School, where an 800-person auditorium and a new office/meeting space nearby offer the ideal setup for gathering in worship, growing and connecting in relationships, and reaching people in North Orlando with the hope and love of Jesus.