On September 4th, 1997 at 11:19 PM, God interrupted a Sr. Pastor who was peacefully reading in the living room of his mountainside home in British Columbia. That night, the Holy Spirit gave 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 people who are spiritually seeking. “Which Toronto suburb?” and “When would they move?” became the focus of their prayers.
While this was going on in BC, the Sr. Pastor of Bayview Glen Church was responding to an earlier prompting of God: to birth a new “daughter” 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, Leah and the 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 currently holds its services at the Richmond Green Secondary School. In the near future, we will be building our Church home and ministry centre on our new 23-acre site at the NW corner of Hwy 404 & Stouffville Rd. in Richmond Hill.