On September 4th, 1997 at 11:19 PM, God interrupted a pastor who was peacefully reading in the living room of his mountainside home in British Columbia. That night, God gave Pastor Gerry Gould a clear leading – his family would be moving to a Toronto suburb in order to give leadership to a new Church aimed at reaching spiritual explorers. “Which Toronto suburb?” and “When would they move?” became the focus of his prayers.
While this was going on in BC, the Pastor of Bayview Glen Church was responding to an earlier prompting of God: to start a new Church, north of its Thornhill facility. Under his leadership, Nelson Annan and his Elders made this one of their strategic goals. In mid January 1998, a phone call from Thornhill to Lake Country brought the pieces of God’s plan together.
Gerry, his wife Leah and their kids were moving to the GTA. Gerry would join Nelson’s staff that summer. Over the next 14 months he would envision and lead a core group to launch “Summit Community Church” in the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill. September 12th, 1999 saw an energetic group being commissioned by Bayview’s leadership during its morning services, and on October 17th, 1999 Summit Community Church was officially born in Richmond Hill. Summit’s first public service took place at H.G. Bernard Elementary School.
Today, Summit Community Church has grown into a thriving and dynamic spiritual community. Summit just celebrated our 10th anniversary, and we currently hold our Sunday services at Richmond Green High School.
Summit Community Church exists for the purpose of:
“Guiding people to know and intentionally follow Jesus”
Racing to keep up with the fast pace and material wealth in this part of York Region has left many people empty inside. While people seem to “have it all” and are always on the go, many long for deeper meaning, purpose, relationships and significance. Many are also wondering about God, wanting to connect with Him, or interested in the teachings of Jesus. Summit Community Church was started to give hope to people on such quests.
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Jesus) Matthew 28:18,19
“To become a loving community that intentionally follows Jesus Christ and expresses His transforming presence in our world.”