About Summit Ministries
  • Miss Rebekah Springer

    After serving several summers with the Summit Student Conferences in Colorado, Tennessee, Ohio and Wisconsin, Rebekah Springer joined the Summit full-time staff as the Customer Care Representative in August 2013. Raised in a Christian home and saved at a young age, Rebekah has always had a passion for seeing children and youth grow in a better understanding of who God is and His work in their everyday lives.  Besides working summers with the Summit program, she has been involved in her local church, serving and teaching school aged children.  Rebekah earned a BA in business administration and management and since 2005 has worked in customer service capacities and really enjoys people and problem solving.  She left her beloved Great Lakes State (MI) for the adventure God put before her in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. In her free time, you will most likely find her outdoors.

    Customer Care Representative
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  • Mr. Aaron Atwood

    Mr. Aaron Atwood began working for Summit in 2011; he is a 1993 and 1994 alumnus of the Student Worldview Conference. Prior to his role as Director of Advancement, he worked for Focus on Family, Centura Health, and as a consultant to Christian ministries and other social sector organizations. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and lives in Colorado Springs with his family. Aaron is an avid runner and golfer. He loves doing things that keeps his kids exploring Colorado.

    Director of Advancement
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  • Mr. Kevin James Bywater

    Mr. Kevin James Bywater is a Researcher, Author, Lecturer, and Director of Summit Oxford, a Summit Ministries Institute. Mr. Bywater holds a B.A. in Philosophy, a M.A. in Theology, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in New Testament Studies at the University of Durham, UK. As a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kevin is dedicated to helping Christians understand and effectively reach members of pseudo-Christian religions. He has published articles on cults, worldviews, and Islam, as well as co-authored Clergy in the Classroom (with David Noebel and J.F. Baldwin). He and his wife, Angela, and their five children currently live in both Colorado Springs, CO, and Durham, UK. You can learn more about Mr. Bywater at his webpage. Please peruse his contributions to our store.

    Director of Summit Oxford
    Conferences, Curriculum, Speaking, Summit Oxford
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  • Miss Krystan Clupny

    Krystan grew up primarily in New Mexico and attended college at New Mexico State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications. Krystan attended a Summit Student Conference in 2005 and worked on Summer Staff in 2007 and 2008. After graduating in 2008, she moved to Colorado and joined the Summit team full-time and has served in a variety of roles including Assistant to the Business Manager, Development Officer, and now as Alumni Network Project Developer. Included on her “bucket list” is: swimming in Loch Ness, seeing a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, and traveling to Israel to see the historical landmarks of our faith. 

    Alumni Network Project Developer
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  • Mr. Roy Faletti

    Roy Faletti joined the staff of Summit in 2011 as the Director of Customer Support and Sales. Since coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in his mid teens at a ministry serving troubled teens, he has had a lifelong passion for reaching youth with the Gospel message. He has been involved in Christian education for over 23 years. He was the administrator of a church based Christian school in Idaho for 14 years, at which time he also served as a regional consultant for an educational ministry that specialized in differentiated education. Prior to coming to Summit, he held various leadership positions for nine years at a major Christian curriculum publisher where his primary focus was serving Christian schools. He and his lovely wife Mary have three daughters (Rebekah, Isabelle and Abigail), three male cats, who currently reside in Colorado Springs, CO.

    Director of Customer Support and Sales
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  • Miss Isabelle Faletti

    Isabelle joined Summit Ministries in March 2014 as a communications specialist. After graduating Northwestern University of St. Paul with a BA in Public Relations, her passion to help others understand and champion a biblical worldview is cultivated each day as she uses her talents for God's glory at Summit. Isabelle enjoys soaking in God's beauty on hikes and runs, wandering down cobblestone streets, staying up until 2 a.m. reading, and listening to people's unique and precious stories as she travels to large cities, small towns, different countries, and forgotten trails. 

    Communications Specialist
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  • Mrs. Trudy Friesema

    Mrs. Trudy Friesema has worked for Summit since 1995. She works in the accounts payable, accounts receivable, and order processing departments. She grew up on the mission-field with the Navajo Indians in New Mexico and in various locations in Ecuador, South America. She attended Northwestern Bible College in St. Paul, MN. She lives in Woodland Park, CO with her husband Bill and has two grown children. Her interests include reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

    Administrative Assistant
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  • Mr. Jason Graham

    Mr. Jason Graham has worked for Summit since 2001. He is the director of Summit's Curriculum Department and editor for Summit's high school and middle school curricula: Understanding the Times and Lightbearers. He holds a business degree from Oklahoma State University and an M.A. Philosophy of Religion from Denver Seminary. He lives in Manitou Springs, CO with his wife Rebecca. On the weekends, Jason can be found hiking with his dog Plato, taking photos, or playing volleyball.

    Director of Curriculum
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  • Mrs. Paige Gutacker

    After growing up in Destin, Florida, Paige attended Summit’s summer program in Tennessee as both a student and a counselor. Paige studied communications and music at Bryan College and has earned her certification as a professional life coach through The Center for Coaching Excellence. After college, Paige and her husband, Paul, both worked for Dr. Jeff Myers’ non-profit organization, Passing the Baton International, assisting with the creation of various mentoring projects and co-authoring Cultivate: Forming the Emerging Generation through Life-on-Life Mentoring. Since 2011 Paige has worked remotely for Summit Ministries as the Project Manager forThe Cultivate Project – a professional development program for Christian educators that infuses life-on-life mentoring in the DNA of their schools. On a personal note, Paige loves to “make things” – food, songs, décor, earrings, bouquets, sentences, laughter – and has a deep desire to nurture and develop others. With a penchant for looking at the bright side and caring about how things and thoughts affect real people in their real lives, Paige sees her life mission as one which involves hospitality in relationship. She and Paul currently live in Vancouver, Canada, where they are doing graduate studies at Regent College.

    Project Manager, The Cultivate Project
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  • Mr. John Hay

    Mr. John Hay is Summit's Director of Elementary Curriculum. He joined the Summit staff in 1998 as a curriculum writer and educational consultant. His focus is writing Summit's elementary worldview curriculum, Building on the Rock. He is a frequent international speaker in the area of Christian education and since 1987 has worked extensively in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa. He holds B.S., B.S.Ed., and M.S. degrees and is a graduate of Texas Tech University. He and his wife Nancy are avid bicyclers, and when not on the trail or in the office, they can be found in the kitchen trying out or creating new recipes!

    Director of Elementary Curriculum
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  • Dr. Nancy Hay

    Dr. Nancy Hay joined the curriculum department of Summit Ministries in 2003 as a part-time editor for Building on the Rock, Summit’s worldview and Bible survey curriculum for grades 1 through 6. She joined the full-time staff in 2007 and continues to edit curriculum as well as other Summit publications. She earned a B.A. in literature from Wheaton College, an M.A.T. in English from Stetson University (DeLand, Florida), and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida. Before moving from Florida to Colorado with her husband John, she was Assistant Professor of English at Barry University. She enjoys the beach (now from a distance), biking, hiking, cooking, reading, and gardening.

    Elementary Curriculum Author and Editor
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  • Miss Jennifer Honken

    In 1995, Jen left the moss-draped oaks and sandy beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to join in the amazing work that is the Summit’s life-changing summer program, having attended herself as a teen. Now the Colorado Summer Program Director, Jen coordinates myriad speaker, staff and program details, in addition to working directly with a crew of 40 summer staff as Summer Staff Director. She served as Dr. Noebel's personal secretary for 12 years until his retirement (and remains President of his fan club if you’d like to join). Jen especially loves any time spent with her crazy-amazing family (including 30 nephews and nieces!), fun people, firefighting, travel, being outdoors whenever possible, running, photography, and driving Bus #3.

    Colorado Summer Program Director
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  • Mr. Dustin Jizmejian

    Mr. Dustin Jizmejian is the Director of Summit Semester. Since 2003, Dustin has been working on Summit’s Summer Staff while pursuing an undergraduate degree from Biola University and a graduate degree from Denver Seminary (in the field of Leadership). After graduation from Seminary, Dustin took a position at Philadelphia Biblical University as a Resident Director, only to be called back by Summit Ministries to Direct their Semester Program. Dustin and his wife Ruthann have two children, Rafferty and Cosette, and call Pagosa Springs their home.

    Conferences, Summit Semester
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  • Mr. David Knopp

    After attending the Summit twice as a student, David Knopp taught Summit Ministries’ Understanding the Times curriculum for five years then served as classroom supervisor for the Summit’s Colorado student conferences. Moving from Portland, OR (where he regularly filled the preaching and worship ministry at his local church) to the Summit, David now serves as project manager for the Understanding the Times revision and as the special assistant to the Executive Director. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. When not running around like a chicken with its head cut off, David enjoys long conversations about things that matter (preferably over well-crafted, hot beverages), studying and exploring real life.

    Project Manger (Understanding the Times Revision), Special Assistant to the Executive Director
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  • Miss Marit Langley

    Marit, a Minnesota girl transplanted to the mountains, graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA where she received her BA in Philosophy and Theatre and has served in various customer service positions for the past few years. She is honored to use her passion for serving others and use her God given abilities for His glory at Summit.  She is an avid reader, puddle-jumper, coffee-drinker and musician who looks forward to putting down roots in beautiful Manitou Springs.

    Customer Care Representative
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  • Dr. Jeff Myers

    Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academic, medicine, science, and business. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through CollegePlus and Bryan College. Jeff and his family live in Colorado. 

    Conferences, Development, Speaking
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  • Dr. David A. Noebel

    Dr. David Noebel is the founder and retired president of Summit Ministries. He has been a college professor, college president and candidate for the U.S. Congress.  He is an author, editor, public speaker, ordained minister, and is recognized as an expert on worldview analysis and the decline of morality and spirituality in Western Civilization. He was educated at the Milwaukee Bible College (now Grace Bible College), Hope College, B.A., and the University of Tulsa M.A. He studied philosophy in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1962 he founded Summit Ministries. He believes that countless Christian youth have fallen victim to the popular ideas of our modern world, and that most have adopted these ideas into their own worldview, while still others go on to renounce their Christian faith altogether. In 1991, he authored the first edition of Understanding the Times: The Religious Worldviews of Our Day and the Search for Truth. It is widely used among Christian schools, churches and colleges. David and his wife Alice live in Prescott, AZ. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Check out his blog: http://thunderontheright.wordpress.com.

    Conferences, Curriculum, Development, Speaking
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  • Miss Tosha Payne

    Tosha Payne spent her youngest years in Iowa, then lived in the Chicago area, and has traveled extensively before coming to Colorado as summer staff here at Summit in May of 2011. A Summit weekend worldview conference came to her area when she was a teenager and she keenly remembers how hungry she was to take in those words that rang with truth and begged her to live life intentionally. Mission trips, work, and friends have taken her to faraway places, but her love for travel was ignited early on by visiting National Parks with her family. Tosha has a B.A. in Counseling and M.A. in Business Administration and now enjoys taking advantage of the adventures to be had in CO camping, hiking, swimming, skiing, skating, kayaking, and hosting visitors.

    Executive Assistant to the President
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  • Mr. Nathan Reitz

    Nathan Reitz is the Property Manager at Snow Wolf Lodge in Pagosa Springs, where Summit Semester is held each fall.  After graduating with a BA in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University in 2006, Nathan happily discovered Summit through his wife, Shelly.  Shelly grew up around Summit, as her mom, Trudy Friesema, has been working for Summit since 1995.  Starting his work as a Maintenance Technician for Summit in Manitou Springs in 2007, Nathan was later offered a position as Assistant Property Manager at Snow Wolf Lodge in the fall of 2009.  With the promotion to Property Manager in the Spring of 2010, Nathan and Shelly served as caretakers, retreat group hosts, and mentors for the Semester program until the summer of 2012.  Following a short reprieve, Nathan is back with the Summit staff again!  He and Shelly have a passion for foster children and currently have an 8-year-old boy named Eryn.  Aside from seeking to love children who are not being loved well, Nathan and Shelly care deeply about stewarding the lodge with excellence and investing in the college students who attend Summit Semester.  The Reitz family's love for the outdoors is what fuels them in their spare time and also keeps them enthused about living remotely in the San Juan's of Colorado.

    Property Manager at Snow Wolf Lodge
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  • Mr. Eric Smith

    Eric Smith has held many roles since joining Summit’s staff in 2000. He launched and led Summit Semester from 2006 to 2010. He currently serves as Summit’s Executive Director and teaches the Bible at Summit’s Colorado Student Conferences and Summit Semester. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Denver Seminary and a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University (OH).

    On a personal note, Eric loves to run the mountain trails around Manitou Springs and has competed in the Pikes Peak Ascent four times.  He and his wife Sara, along with their five children, Elsie, Alden, Liam, Evelyn and Adele live in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

    Conferences, Speaking, Summit Semester

  • Mrs. Allison Smith

    Allison came on staff with Summit in 2003 after attending twice as a student and working as a summer staffer. Her role at Summit has grown from small group leader to female staff coordinator to director of all non-Colorado Summit conferences. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisplinary Studies with an emphasis in Psychology and Sociology from Tennessee Technological University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. Being a native of Tennessee, Allison is a fan of the South and its Southern comforts – hospitality and sweet tea! She recently married her best friend Brandon and is enjoying life with her husband in Colorado Springs.

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